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Why do YOU want to be a dentist?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by BenJ, Sep 4, 2002.

  1. BenJ

    BenJ Junior Member

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    I'm really curious about this, since I myself am not too sure.

    So spill the beans - why do you want to be a dentist?

    - Do you have some weird fetish for teeth?
    - Are you attracted by the dough?
    - Did you get rejected from med school?
    - Or whatever other reason(s) you might have.

    What's your reason??
     
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  3. crimson

    crimson What up Smokey!
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    "First you get the money, then you get power and then the woman..."
    ;)
     
  4. BenJ

    BenJ Junior Member

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    Nah, really....
    I really would like to know why people are thinking of joining this profession!

    TIA!
     
  5. sjdent

    sjdent Senior Member
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    Well.....

    You all better practice this question, since it will be asked in your interviews a lot!

    I chose dentistry because I wanted to do something medically-related, but didn't want to take medicine. I love the artistry of dentistry. I think that it's a creative, artistic profession as well as being in the health care field. It also helped that one of my parents is a dentist, and they love their profession. (The idea that I'll get to have a LIFE and every evening off definitely helped, too - since I'd eventually like to have a family.)

    The only obvious downside to dentistry is that people generally don't want to come see you! I work in a dental office, and if I had a nickel for every time someone said to me "Oh god, I HATE coming to the dentist....." Arrrggggghhh. I get so tired of hearing that.
     
  6. sjdent

    sjdent Senior Member
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    Yikes, by the way.
     
  7. ItsGavinC

    Dentist Moderator Emeritus 15+ Year Member

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    High quality of life, coupled with professional satisfaction, is the largest motivator for me.
     
  8. BenJ

    BenJ Junior Member

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Any others with some input?
     
  9. Beagle

    Beagle Meet BEAGLE
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    I have and still am having more dental work performed on me than most 80 year olds. If there were no dentists I would never be able to smile! I have wanted to be a dentist for as long as I can remember...so for me, it is wanting to give back to someone what so many dentists had once done for me. The dentists gave me confidence and if I can give just one person the same good feelings than it is worth it!
    I also like the fact that you are isolating a single area and perfecting it. I would much rather work with my hands and create something as oposed to reading a book or write a prescription!
     
  10. UBTom

    UBTom Class '04 official geezer
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    Lifelong exposure to the field (grew up in a family of dentists). That whole childhood fascination thing along with seeing the practice of dentistry firsthand and its rapid evolution in the past few decades. So I'm comfortable and familiar with the profession and aware of its importance to the community, and wouldn't mind being a part of it for the rest of my life.

    And yes, that's the spiel I gave the interviewers two years ago. Looks like it worked too. :D
     
  11. crimson

    crimson What up Smokey!
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    For the love of God, that's not me but Mr Pachino in Scarface. :rolleyes: :p
     
  12. hockeydentist

    hockeydentist 1K Member
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    First you get the sugar, then you get the money, then you get the women :)

    As for me I think the reason I want to become a dentist is that overall satisfaction you can give someone. You can change someones whole outlook on life with one visit. Putting on braces and then taking them off. I really amazed at the reaction when guys and gals come out of the ortho with there braces off for the first time and how excited they are. Not to mention that if you want a career that is always changing and the pay is not that bad. If you want a night life thats a plus too.

    later guys
    hockeydentist
     
  13. Rhea

    Rhea New York University '07
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    I have always known that I had to be in a medical/scientific field. In addition, genetics pointed me in the right direction by sending me to the dentist more than the average person. I know where my smile was before I got braces, and where it is today; this field is about helping people build confidence and self-esteem by improving/maintaining the first thing people notice on meeting someone new - their smile. I would like to do that for someone someday too. Also, I am very artistically inclined (love to oil-paint). Details are important to me. And lastly, I am very family-oriented and want to make sure that I get into a career that will allow me the maximum amount of time to spend with the family and at the same time earn a good income. Just one career that could satisfy all my requirements. In a nutshell, people-oriented+scientifically oriented+artistically oriented+family oriented+income-oriented= DENTISTRY!
     

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