It’s September, which means most, if not all, dental schools are back in session — teaching, training and preparing the next generation of dentists to power the profession forward.
ADA News asked current dental students why they decided to pursue dentistry.
- "I want to become a dentist to help people improve their health and restore their confidence in themselves. After all, the most powerful social tool we have is our smile. Also, I chose dentistry because it is one of the few fields that combines creativity, science, entrepreneurship and patient interaction." - Rayna Means, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, Class of 2025.
- "My decision to pursue a career in dentistry has been influenced by so many of my life experiences. I want to become a dentist because I am passionate about the health sciences - specifically, the intersection of medicine and dentistry. I care deeply about providing care to those in need and improving access to care, and I receive incredible joy and fulfillment from developing meaningful relationships with my patients, colleagues and mentors." - John Pelton, New York University College of Dentistry, Class of 2023.
- "I have always wanted to be a dentist because I love working with my hands and am very detail oriented. The idea of treating patients and assisting them in protecting their oral health is a privilege to experience." - Danielle Silver, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Class of 2023.