Dentists are responsible for the health and maintenance of teeth and gums. Dentists repair caries, provide cleanings, add crowns, and replace teeth. Advanced specialties of dentistry include orthodontics, the straightening of teeth, and peridontics, the repair of gum lines. There is an ever increasing demand for dentists as the population ages.

To become a dentist, a student must graduate from an accredited School of Dentistry. Admission into dental school requires the applicant to meet several criteria. The student must have a B.A. or a B.S. degree. The student must have taken several specific pre-requisite courses. Applicants must take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT). And lastly, the student must have observed or gained detail information about the profession from a dentist.

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School of Arts & Sciences

Biology Department

Jennifer Dennis
Department Head, Biology & Environmental Health
Asst. Prof of Biology
Reynolds Hall 303
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.3569