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Pediatric Dentistry | Schooling and Training Requirements

Pediatric dentists are required to complete two or three years of advanced schooling beyond general dental school.

In addition to being the right type of person for the job (i.e. kind, patient and happy to work with children), pursuing a career in pediatric dentistry comes with strict education and certification requirements.

Pediatric Dentistry Education Requirements

Pediatric dentistry careers require advanced schooling and specialty training.

Here's a look a the journey you can anticipate:

  • Complete your undergraduate degree, preferably in a major that includes many science and math classes.

  • Take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) in your junior year of undergraduate studies and apply to dental schools.

  • Complete a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. The curriculum for each degree is the same. Only the names are different.

  • After dental school, you can pursue general dental licensing and begin practicing as a general dentist.

  • If you decide to forego general dentistry practice and immediately pursue pediatric dentistry, you must complete a pediatric dentistry residency. This training, combined with your advanced schooling, will qualify you for a license as a pediatric dentist.

  • After you complete your specialty residency and have earned licensure in the area, you can become board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Rewarding Pediatric Dentistry Jobs at Kool Smiles

Once you've completed your advanced schooling, bring your expertise to Kool Smiles! We provide kid-friendly dental care, so all your training will be an asset to the team.

At Kool Smiles, you don't have to choose between great pay and doing something important for others. Our dentists earn a great living, typically garnering pay that is higher than the national average.

We even have options for new dental school graduates. Kool Smiles dentists have an 74% rate of admittance to specialty residency programs after first working with us as general dentists.

Explore our pediatric dentistry jobs open now nationwide.

Connect with one of our recruiters to discuss how Kool Smiles can fit in with your goals for advanced schooling and for a rewarding career as a pediatric dentist.




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