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Dental Careers

Below you can learn more about potential career paths in the dental field.  If you're looking for a job, check out our job board.  If you are already in the dental field and want to post your CV or resume, place a listing in our classifieds section by completing this form

Dental Careers


General dentists are responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of a patient’s oral health. General dentists are trained in all dental procedures but choose not to specialize in only one specific area of dentistry. Dental specialists are dentists who have received additional education and training after receiving licensure as a general dentist. A dental education also gives you access to other career paths, like working in a hospital emergency room, conducting advanced laboratory research, teaching future dentists or even traveling the world with international health and relief organizations.

10 Reasons to Become a Dentist
  • Serve Others:  Help people maintain and improve their oral health, quality of life and appearance

  • Balance Your Lifestyle:  Dentistry offers flexibility to balance professional and personal life

  • Empower Your Patients:  Give patients smiles they are proud to wear

  • Research:  Be involved with the scientific advancement of dentistry

  • Be a Leader:  Earn respect from your family, friends and community

  • Educate:  Be an educator on the importance of oral health

  • Detect Disease:  Treat oral health and detect disease - including cancer and cardiovascular disease

  • Be Creative:  Merge your artistic and scientific talents

  • Succeed:  With the aging population and increase in access to care, the demand and need for dentistry is on the rise

  • Choose Your Practice Model:  Own a dental practice and set your own schedule or become an associate in a group practice.

Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental hygiene care for patients. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is responsible for issuing dental hygienist licenses and allows dental hygienists to perform duties that include the exposure of radiographs, and the application of pit and fissure sealants. Other typical services dental hygienists perform include:

  • Smoothing of roughened root surfaces

  • Polishing exposed teeth

  • Topical application of drugs

  • Removal of accumulated matter, deposits, stains, and accretions from natural and restored tooth surfaces.

Dental Assistants

Dental assistants may perform many tasks including taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays), sterilizing instruments and equipment and taking impressions of patients' teeth.

Dental Laboratory Technicians

Dental laboratory technicians work with a variety of materials, as well as sophisticated instruments and equipment, to create dental prostheses.

Local Schools & Academic Programs


Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry 
Office of Admissions 
611 SW Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97201-3097

Dental Hygienists

Chemeketa Community College (Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Clinic)

Building 8, Room 109B

4000 Lancaster Dr NE

Salem, OR 97305

Dental Assistants

Chemeketa Community College

Building 8, Room 109H

4000 Lancaster Dr NE

Salem, OR 97305

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