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You might hire a dentist to:

  • Educate patients on proper oral care and treatment
  • Diagnose and provide appropriate dental treatment, including regular cleaning, root canals, surgical extractions, implants, and cosmetic dentistry

  • Refer patients for surgical, orthodontic, or endodontic work

  • Manage a team of dental assistants, hygienists, and other staff

  • Represent the practice in a manner that’s professional, pleasant, and authoritative

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Bachelor of science degree or equivalent
Ability to collaborate with dental hygienists and assistants
Doctor of dental medicine (DMD) or doctor of dental surgery (DDS) or equivalent
Training in a dental specialty
License relevant to state of employment
Prior dental experience