2 years ago
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Should I major in dental hygiene to get into dental school?

I'm a junior in a vocational high school where I study both academics and am in the dental assisting program, where I can enter the workforce directly after graduation with all the qualifications for a dental assistant. I plan to major in dental hygiene at a 4-year college and earn a BS, but I'm also looking into the possibility of applying to dental school after college to become either a pediatric dentist or orthodontist. I worry about financial aid and student loans, and I don't want to be in debt over something that I may not even be as passionate about in the future.

Is it worth it to apply to a dental school after earning a degree in hygiene, or should I just major in dental hygiene?

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-4.0 GPA

-990 PSAT

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@bluemoon4292a year ago [edited]

specialization in dental hygiene and the use of updated dental tools can greatly benefit patients. A dental hygienist who specializes in the use of these tools can provide their patients with a higher level of care, leading to improved oral health outcomes. The use of updated dental tools, such as Dental Orthodontic and oral irrigators, allows for more thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums.

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2 years ago

I feel like if you did not apply to dental school you would regret not knowing if you would get in so no matter what I would apply, but be ready to go to a normal college/university too. Then depending on financials or location you can later choose what you want to do, knowing you at least got in (or didn't). To me a dental school would be for if you wanted to work higher up and become a top dentist or orthodontist, but if you want to be a dentist that makes average pay i wouldn't spend the time and money on a dental school considering even wanting to be high-paid and well known, you could work up to that with just four years regular. Then later on if you have time you can get a doctorates, life is long you do not need to do everything now, college would be my choice.

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