Do you want to become a dentist for children? If this is your dream job, you should further read this article in order to find out what you have to do to become one, even if you live in areas such as St Louis.
First of all, as many people say, you must be the right kind of person for this job, because not anyone can work with children. Working with children is also difficult because of the difference in size. So, we can say that you have to be patient, smart, kind, have very good manual dexterity, you also need good people skills.
If you think you have what it needs, you first have to graduate from high-school. After successfully graduating in some cases you have to complete a 4-year university degree, and only then you can enter in dental school. Dental school usually takes up to 4 years to complete, and after graduating you have to practice. When you graduate, you can receive a DDS (Doctor in Dental Surgery), or a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine).
You now have to follow a special qualification course in order to become a Pediatric Dentist, or a dentist for children, as most of the people say. You can follow a specialization course not only in Pediatric Dentistry, but also in Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, and also in Oral Pathology, or Radiology.
To sum up, we can say that even though at first, becoming a dentist looks to be easy, it can take up to 10 years to successfully graduate, and to start working on your own. This is another reason why this job is not for anyone, and only a few people decide to start a career as a dentist for children.