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1. Diversity
Dentists treat and interact closely with people of all ages and personalities. Each patient has unique problems and concerns and the dentist develops and carries out unique treatment plans for each individual. As a result, the dentist's typical day is diverse and interesting.

2. Creativity
The practice of dentistry involves a strong artistic element. Much of dentistry is a detailed craft involving careful, precise handwork. Whether the task is to brighten one tooth or realign an entire jaw, dentists must have an artist's aesthetic sense and technical ability to produce the best possible results.

Dentists rely on intelligence and experience to determine what is best for all patients. Dentists constantly make creative decisions in the development and implementation of treatment plans for their patients. They must consider a number of complex factors before they can make these decisions.

3. Respect
Because dentists provide an essential health care service, they occupy a highly respected position within the community. Because they are skilled, conscientious professionals, dentists earn the respect and appreciation of their patients and fellow citizens. They have opportunities to work as community leaders, educators, physicians and government officials.

4. Flexibility
Perhaps more that any other branch of medicine, Dentistry offers professional flexibility. Private practitioners can work either full-time or part-time, and have the freedom to choose their own hours. Thus, they can easily structure their personal and professional lives according to their individual needs and desires.

In addition to solo and group practices, dentistry provides opportunities to work in a variety of other avenues:

  • City, provincial and federal government agencies such as public health departments  
  • Community non-profit and educational agencies
  • Research programs sponsored by universities, foundations and corporations
  • Armed forces programs

5. Security
Income is an important consideration in selecting a career. Traditionally, dentists have earned an above-average income. In fact, dentistry can provide considerable financial security.

Dentistry is an evolving profession. The need for professional dental services will remain strong in the years ahead, even though changing patterns in dental disease will affect the nature of dental practice. Thanks to fluoride and improved dental techniques, tooth decay is declining, especially among children and teens. However, periodontal disease continues as a serious threat, affecting three out of four adults.

Tomorrow's dentists will meet public oral health needs with advanced techniques, new anxiety-relieving methods and sophisticated materials and procedures to enhance appearance.

At the same time, the population is living longer and more people will keep their teeth longer, so the demand for preventive and restorative services will increase, while the need for extractions and false teeth will decrease.

6. Personal Satisfaction
One of the most notable benefits of a career in dentistry is personal fulfillment. Dentists perform an important public service while helping people look and feel healthier and more attractive.

7. Professional Development
With the increasing amount of information being generated by dental research, dentists must continually update their knowledge and skills. The profession offers many opportunities for ongoing learning and professional growth through continuing education courses and seminars.