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Two dentists in PPE working together over a dentist's chair

The dental profession is the branch of health care devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums and other tissues in and around the mouth. A dentist is a doctor, scientist and clinician dedicated to the highest standards of health through prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and conditions. Dentists play a key role in the early detection of oral cancer and other systemic conditions of the body that manifest themselves in the mouth.

What does a Dentist do?

  • Evaluates the overall health of their patients while advising them about oral health and disease prevention
  • Performs clinical procedures, such as exams, fillings, crowns, implants, extractions and corrective surgeries
  • Identifies, diagnoses and treats oral conditions
  • Performs general dentistry or practices in one of nine dental specialties (including orthodontics)
  • Identifies other health conditions, illnesses, and problems that show up in the oral cavity before they are identified in other parts of the body

Please note that Idaho State University does not have a dental program, however Idaho State University is a great institution to attend for preparing to apply to dental schools. Additionally, ISU has partnered with Creighton University with the IDEP Program, as well as the Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Program with a residency program.

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