OCCUPATION THESAURUS

DENTIST



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Dentists are responsible for overseeing the oral health of their patients. This includes examining, analyzing, and caring for multiple areas of the mouth while primarily focusing on the teeth and gums. Some treatments involve removing tooth decay or disease, filling cavities, or mending fractured teeth. Dentists can also give referrals to other specialists, such as orthodontists, when warranted.

While the majority of dentists work in private practices, this isn't their only option. They can also treat patients in a hospital, work in a community setting to promote dental health, conduct research, or teach.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
A bachelor's degree in science will usually be necessary, as is training through a four-year program at a dental school. To obtain a license to practice, expertise in a clinical setting must be demonstrated. This is done through a practical and written exam; however, specifics of that exam and the skills required for certification will vary by location. Additional education is needed for those wanting to become a dental specialist or to teach others in the field.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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