If you are great at memorizing – be a medical doctor. Because please don’t forget, people absolutely LOVE suing more than they love bitching. What do you think? Keep going. With the taxes I have to pay, with the way loans repayment/interest are set up, I may die with these loans. Corporate chains know the indebtedness of students so they prey on their desperation. If you do get a “vacation”, you’re constantly worried about the mounting problems you will face when you return. I was warned as a young man but ignored the warnings. No! I’ve been in practice for 22 years and I sooooooo ready to retire!! I may love painting, and enjoy my oil classes, but I am completely confident that I will never earn a living as an artist. For me it is the most miserable time wasting job I ‘ve ever seen . There needs to be a hate-crime law against this action. The answer lies at finding the intersection of three things: Write a list of everything you are great at. I have had confidence issues revolving around my smile; I would love to help others become less insecure about theirs. But realize that there are some very hard tests in the future if you want this. My mom‘s job schedule changed, and now I have to go by myself to the dentist (which I don’t mind because I’m 16). Spent money on employees to confirm the appointments with the patients within 24-48 hours of the scheduled time. The bottom line is this: Yes, there is another job out there for you. I am living what i just wrote. The risk of needle-sticks is low, and the risk of having a contagious patients is low, and even if it happens the risk of actually getting the disease from a minor prick is low. I don't know where to start as I've always just looked in the job pages of our profession's journal for work and training in the past when I've needed to change jobs. I am a high school student, and I am very interested in this field. We cannot predict the future, but it is wise to consider what could happen. There is always something else we can be doing. The real learned professions don’t take us seriously or consider us colleagues. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters@globeandmail.com. You won’t believe how picky people are about their teeth. Managed care hasn’t completely moved into dentistry, but in the future it could possibly happen. With the idea of possibly specializing in orthodontics, is it worth it at my age to start now? I have a friend who is a dentist (UK cosmetic dentistry) in his early thirties, lives in a fabulous house, drives an Audi A8, has a stunning fiancé, has job flexibility and seems more than happy with his lot! Hi! 9. I have a 15 month old and want another baby hopefully in a year or two, and by then I would like to be able to do my own stuff and not go back to law. There is dental research done for a university, or a big cooperation. Dave, If you think graduating with $100,000-300,000 in debt is bad, wait until you decide to buy or set up your own practice. in malawi dentistry is not a paying career, a lot of dental technicians are poor, poorer than primary school teachers, what a shame, what is your opinion about orthodontics? I’m new to Canada. You will have to work just as hard at age 70 as you do at 30, and at 70 , it is 100% more difficult. Think of any subject where you want to know more, learn more, and naturally just seek out information about it. You can click here to see what dental school is like. 2. As far as figuring out what you want to do, try shadowing some other professionals, take a class on career exploration, and try expand your choices. The list goes on and on and on as to why dentistry is an industry so lacking in benefits and rewards. The culture is different. You can make the world a better place in any profession. while not making any money. 2. Lots of dental hygienists become flight attendants. There is military dentistry. People have ZERO respect for our time. It helped me really decide if this is a field I want to persue. You become situated in one area and may spend the rest of your life living there. This will help you discover if you are a good fit. People hate waiting, hate going to the dentist and hate pain. Dentistry is hard on your body. You’re comments are on the money. The intense demands from patients is overwhelming. This will keep the debt load down, but I think you have to committ 1 year of service as a miliary dentist for every year of dental school, so a minimum of 4. Again, people hate you as a dentist but never think you should enjoy your time off Dr.Ben is there any other carreers I can persue with a Biology degree with good pay so that I didn’t waste my time so far in college persuing a biology degree? We truly are spectacular in that way. I don’t want to write books. Due to technical reasons, we have temporarily removed commenting from our articles. Also, during the four years of dental school you can expect lots of hard work. Thank you so much for this website, it has given me a large amount of insight to the practice of dentistry. How to prepare for your dental school interview, Get Letters of Recommendation for Dental School, benefits and advantages in becoming a dentist. This means that if you aren’t able to save money early on and invest properly, you might end up working longer than people who have an organized retirement plan. The irony is that while I was working in that business, I was never reading books on advertising and marketing – instead, I was reading books that were all in the leadership development, coaching, corporate training, personal growth categories. In a recent survey that was published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene ( Volume 84, Number 3, Summer 2010 , pp. Hopefully others will chime in as well. I guess so. Instead stand firm in your commitment to find something new. At this point I just feel confused and now that I am going into the last semester of my sophomore year in college I need to decide if I need to start getting materials to study for the MCAT or the DAT. I don't mind a normal white filing as I have some and I have not had any problems with them. I am currently serving 1 year of a 5 year contract as a IT specialist for the Army. Go to a medical school and know your life is totally f*****. I’m not being facititious or joking. You will spend a lot of time washing or rewashing your hands and wearing latex gloves. Dentistry will F*** you up without you knowing. There a multiple blood borne disease which your patients might have, like HIV (AIDS) and Hepatitis C. If you stick yourself with a bur or needle which you used in a patients mouth, you become at risk for getting these life threatening disease. Some of our passions are better left as hobbies, because there just isn't a decent career opportunity open for us. This is a good, legit concern. I think it's a good idea to work in a dentist's office as an assistant before you enroll, because it's a huge waste if you don't actually end up becoming a dentist. I have been a denta Assistant for the past 2 Years. I’m not delusional in that I know the effect this is having on my career track. 2. Hello, my parents are dentists and they want to give me a dental education but I hate this profession! If you choose dentistry through all this time, your friends and colleagues will already have established their lives with jobs, homes and incomes. Patients will make you stressed out.You will always be tired and worn out. Best wishes to you! Read any reviews of Aspen Dental and let me tell you, it doesn’t feel right to be hated and disrespected by people on Yelp.com or websites set up to sue these entities. Hello! I like what I was exposed to, but for some reason I am still torn between dentistry and medicine. Paying for school is my most concern. During my work I have experienced back pain and shoulder pain. Dental staff and business/insurance issues are stiffling. They think it should be totally free, especially if they have insurance. I don't care if you're sorry anymore, I don't want to hear it. In any profession there are going to be challenges and problems, including reasons not to enter into that field. It is way to difficult to get paid. You’d get a lot of annoying side comments from your medical colleagues. I had full mouth extraction back in September along with extensive bone grafting to prepare my mouth for implant supported bridges. I’m currently an undergraduate student taking my prerequisite courses to apply for Nursing school. Also, it seems that a dentist faces a lot of health risks via needle-stick incidences. But if you’re a practicing dentist reading this right now, you know full well that this is no secret. I don’t want to be a writer anymore. But not a crown or a RC there is no way I will have that. Dentistry as profession would not be recommended today. And I don’t think I ever did. I would never recommend either of my kids to pursue a career in dentistry. Look elsewhere. 36 years later. . I would focus on what makes you happy. I have many concerns about taking on this profession. You will be hated and despised by patients, you will develop a lot of ex-friends, and your own family will begin to look down on you as the pressure and demands of dentistry wear you thin, and the list goes on and on. Additionally, when you first graduate from dental school, you are going to be slower than a seasoned dentist. This means you will have to do such things as hire and fire people, manage money, set fees, deal with frustrated customers, and avoid fraud and embezzlement. Check in Regularly After you accept a role like that, though, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open so that you don’t accidentally end up on the fast track to a management role. She seems more busy than I do. All you need to do now is ace the DAT. Send it to our panel of experts: careerquestion@globeandmail.com Your name and address will be kept confidential. I get laid off each year. You can earn just as much in many professions. I’m only 16 credits short of the requirement to get into dental school (o-chem and physics) and have thought about going for it. How much debt will I acquire if I choose the cheapest schools and are there any Army programs that I am unaware about to help pay for school. 3. Telling him the truth ,that he is a jerk would probably be nice just to get a reaction. I have already done it from a foreign country but will have to go through 2 years of DDS again in USA.. and i already am pursuing MPH. One client I am working with at the moment is really interested in anything to do with project or event planning. Run away…run far away for this profession. I just wanted other people's opinions on it. But, there are protective measures which can help. You will be in school for three to four years to get an undergraduate bachelor’s degree. But these few weeks he’s been quite rude to my and my mother. But since you have parents that are dentists you are lucky and can go work / shadow them. Back and neck pains are a big problem. Business men and women do it every day. What do I do? Sometimes it can be the sounds at the dentist’s office that are uncomfortable. "Frankly, I don't want him to be a singer, at least not in this country. I hope that helps. I do plan on repeats some of those classes to strive for an A. It is really hard on your back, hands and shoulders. If you enjoy dental assisting, you’ll love dentistry. It is nothing like medicine. But do some digging and you’ll quickly find an abundance of dentists and doctors pouring out their regrets for dedicating their life to a career they can not find much enjoyment in. My issue is that I know the world needs healthcare professionals and people who dedicate their lives to helping others and I always thought that would be me. There is also the education pathway where you teach dentistry at a dental school, hygiene school or assisting school. In school, I have made my mistakes as far as poor grades. This is a time sensitive question and is probably longer than needed but its very important to me. Ask your friends, past clients, your boss or employees, anyone who knows you well, what your talents are. Also, is there any options to avoiding tremendous amounts of debt in dental school? For almost the entire duration of my high school years, I planned on becoming a doctor. Being a dentist requires a huge commitment of time and money. Regular exercise, physical therapy, learning proper posture, and getting an ergonomic setup are some ways to slow the problems. this is my dream job my concern is time, debt and not getting accepted into the residency. IOW, the money won’t just come in because of your age and experience. There is nothing rewarding about this career. Should I listen to him? With that being said, I would not feel guilty at all about abandoning a career in healthcare. Because of the challenge, there is the chance that you may find out that dentistry is not right for you or that you don’t have the grades to compete and make it into dental school. I would never take this path again if given the chance. Don’t try it. These are listed below. Hello everyone, I am a 20 year old enlisted soldier in the US Army. Orthodontists usually see more patients than most general dentists in a day. However, there are also lots of reasons why you should not become a dentist. I’ve gone to great expense to help people with THEIR teeth problems to just be told “I hate the dentist”. Unlike physicians that can tie up your time for hours while you wait on them to write a prescription, while their techs are doing all the real work in the background. You don't have to give him any explanations if you don't want to see him any more. How do you do this? The income given the amount of stress and time at work is very low. LOOK for another dentist. A few of my colleagues are already seeing chiropractors or physical therapists. Bottom line is, we work to earn a living. I've recently moved to Canada with my husband who has a job here. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Hi, Also, don’t let a dentist high-salary influence your decision making process. There are too many other great professions out there. Its very contradicting information and as I read through the comments on both forums it shows there are pros and cons just like any other career. The climate is different. I suggest you find a dentist in your area and try to work with him/her for a few months. If you want to f*** up your life go all out. Last night, I came to the realization that I don’t want to do what I’m doing anymore. Every clinic has protective measures, and even if it happens, the risk of getting the disease is low. It is the most stressful and unrewarding profession you could get into. And now I’m locked in like an indentured servant walking on the eggshells for the rest of my life. “You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.’’ All while managing a stressful schedule as you work, trying to please people and get your jobs done. If you enjoyed the dentistry, I would suggest you go for it. I have read all the comments and replies, the ones that really grab my attention are the ones from Dave. No additional schooling needed in MN if you want to teach DH at a two year school. I’ve been out of school two years now. I still owe almost 100K. That way, no matter what happens, you will end your four year bachelor’s degree with something you can use in your life. I have amalgam fills in my mouth and I'm not an anti-amalgam Nazi, buying don't see any pint in it anymore. You will be taxed to death. You can expect to owe anywhere between $100,000 and $300,000. Lately, I’ve been researching dentistry and I feel like it is something that I could definitely see myself doing. Managed care is when organizations like an insurance company or the government manage health care. Thanks for the comment. Could I start loving this job in the future? But also I don’t want to feel regret one day for never giving this a chance. But, it does happen. If you have not joined the profession do not join it. Should I feel guilty if I abandon a career in healthcare for a, probably much easier, one in business. Becoming a dentist was a horrible mistake and unfortunately it keeps you financially in bondage so you can’t just walk away and do something pleasant. I appreciate your advise and encouragement to decide what I want to pursue without feeling guilty. I wanted to be a dentist for a long time but I decided to take a break after I graduated. This will make it harder for you to earn more money and will make paying off all of your loans even more challenging. Is there any way I can get my foot into the door of dentistry since I’m only a teenager? The only benefits you are going to get are the benefits that you will give yourself. How do I crack the job market? Thanks for any help. Then, there is another four years at a dental school. I am considering a career in dentistry and have absolutely no idea of where I should start. Also, don’t let a dentist high-salary influence your decision making process. Dentistry can be very frustrating, it takes certain types of people to fit well in this field. But remember there are also lots of benefits and advantages in becoming a dentist. Hey you have been practicing for 5 years ? There are some dental options outside of private practice. I have read all the comments and replies, the ones that really grab my attention are the ones from Dave. Managed care is spreading worldwide and may grow into dentistry. You have to sort these mixed emotions out and try to help them. . Being a teacher can be very rewarding. Required fields are marked *. There is community dentistry where you might work for lower economic populations or spend your time setting up social care type programs. Expect to sit in the same position, staring in small, tiny spaces all day. I would not suggest that you go into something that you hate. For example, I used to work in advertising but never loved it. Once you establish or purchase a practice, it is very expensive to move around. No one wants to pay the dentist. Everywhere I go, I can’t go 2 miles without seeing a damn dentist office. 4. You don't get paid as well at first, but you get health benefits and you travel. Dr.Ben is there any other carreers I can persue with a Biology degree with good pay so that I didn’t waste my time so far in college persuing a biology degree? 10. I’m now a manager but my boss won’t let me do my job, Good and bad leaders can be the opposite sides of the same coin. My name is Jacob and I’m a current senior in high school with a lifelong love for science, learning, and helping others. Should I quit being a teacher? Just take the process one day at a time. Click here to subscribe. The US army will pay for your dental school, here is some information about it: http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/dentist.html. But remember, everything isn’t bad there are some great reasons to become a dentist, check out my Why to choose dentistry page. I am confused on how Ben is giving advice on platforms why not to be and why to be a dentist. -Sterlen. Dental school is getting harder and harder to get into. Here are just a few of the things that make me sick of my career, in the order of why I hate dentistry (being a dentist). I would say that their work is physically demanding. Sounds risky… have you tried working with your parents. This month alone I had over $14,000 of production go out the window. What do you love? It becomes personal eventually. You’re young so don’t make the mistake of thinking you need everything figured out right now. I don’t aspire to open my own practice. I believe that Medical school is really easier. If i could go back, i would be in finances/taxes/economics…even as a woman, which is a challenge in itself in those careers it seems. For this reason, I would recommend choosing an undergraduate degree that you enjoy- something that makes you happy. Some insurance companies ask me to do them, but I refuse to treat to It has been good for me. And how do any dentist cope with such imminent dangers everyday of their work? I understood it would requite lots of schooling, some long sleepless nights, and many challenges but from what I have just read, it seems absolutely miserable. It was stressful enough without the aforementioned hurdles. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter . I would be happy to retrain or get other qualifications. Hi I am a freshmen in college. This is only about 50% of what expenses are incurred by the procedures. I would be in my late 30’s by the time I was finished and practicing on my own. I am an undergraduate student majoring in biology. I do know that some hospitals have dentists specialized in certain programs, but i would like to know more about it. The fact that you already have significant dental training gives you a large lead. Thank you. Better be sure – LOTS of debt and risk for the future. I am currently enrolled at a four year university as a sophomore. There is also the option of working for a dentist or dental cooperation, where you don’t actually own the private practice but just do the work. Not worth the stress. The dentist has demands of managing a business. I wouldn't worry that you don't know what you want to do in life. Katie Bennett is a coach and speaker and head of Double Black Diamond Coaching in Vancouver. Any help is greatly appreciated. "He is a born singer but he has another interest in life. © Copyright 2020 The Globe and Mail Inc. All rights reserved. I have been practicing for twelve years and became disabled because of this profession. If you make even $150k, it’s not worth it. Find a skill , profession, talent where people will respect your time In dentistry, we can’t overbook patients because we have to be on-hands the whole time to do the job. 4. Also, if you have no intention of opening your own practice your income will not be very high, especially if you consider your starting debt. I have always had a love for obstetrics and gynecology, but the crazy hours and lifestyle has always made me not want to pursue it. That selling USA-made consumer goods is a tough industry. And I think my readers would appreciate your feedback as well. I know of a few dentists that have retired early due to these types of problems. I qualified as a dentist in Australia 15 years ago but have never loved it as a career, in fact, at times I was so stressed out with it I became depressed. No dentist I. Knowing the bad points is valuable and can help you make the right choice. Canada is the land of opportunity. You think this is not directed at you in particular but it is. Work is aweful in general in health care because the 10% “bad” patients will ruin each day and oveshadow/bury the other excellent 90%. Some information in it may no longer be current. 137-144 ), respondents were asked why they didn’t go to the dentist. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great staff, have great hours and make a great living, but its just not worth it anymore. My dad thinks that I should just become a medical doctor. Thank you for your patience. Medical hours are terrible. Sometimes . Listen to your dad he is right you wont have a life. Try these home remedies to treat toothache These home remedies can only provide temporary relief. Your marriage will always be stressed and strained….good luck staying married. There are plenty of jobs out there which pay well and offer a flexible lifestyle. You can also go out and work for another dentist, but sometimes finding these positions can be challenging. I greatly appreciate it. I’ve gotten to not really like the person I have become. It is stressful and will keep you very busy. There are needles, scalpel blades and high speed diamond tipped burs. You’ll make more money as a manager at McDonalds. Table shows average dental student debt from all schools, (source ADA website). I hate it and am stuck in this profession because of the financial trap it causes. If you are great with your hands, be a dentist. We are respected about as much as barbers (who are not hated). However, as I read through WHY NOT BE, it can totally be depressing to read this but insightful for one who is totally unsure about who they want to be. I will start properly marketing etc soon and am hoping things will take off. But it still can happen which makes this another down side of the job. My hatred for this profession has started to change my personality, making me less patient and quicker to fly off the handle. It is rare, but like any job accidents can happen.

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