10 Reasons Dental School Sucked

I was surprised to find myself struggling to write this post about hating dental school.  I know I hated a lot about it when I was there.  When I sat down to write the last post, I found myself sifting through old photos and yearbooks, laughing, and feeling warm fuzzies.  It was easy to write about what I loved.  So I couldn’t wait to write about how much I hated it, thinking I would come up with some really rich material.  But when I sat down to write it, the fire wasn’t there, and it was much harder than I thought.  Has the real world of dentistry been that unkind to me that it made me forget about the hardships of being a dental student?  Many of the stories that I hated at the time now make me laugh.  Trust me.  I really hated dental school and all the things listed below, but sometimes I think our memory has a way of sugar-coating things.  That’s probably a good thing.  It’s probably why women choose to get pregnant again, miserable couples choose to get back together after a breakup, or on a whim we decide to have a few too many cocktails… again.  With that in mind, I might need some help on this one.  So please, add to the list and see if you can improve it with a few of your own.

10 Reasons Dental School Sucked

1) Tests.  We had at least 1 test everyday.  We had so many tests, that you couldn’t even study for a test a few days in advance.  We were too busy cramming for the test the next day to plan ahead.  Half the stuff we were learning had nothing to do with the practice of dentistry anyway.  It was just so we could pass the board exam and try to show the world that our school was the best.

2) Requirements.  Sometimes it would take me 3 hours to do 1 simple filling.  I didn’t have the luck that others had.  I often felt slighted because my patients’ fillings were always big and deep, and wrapped around the entire tooth.  My friends could get 3-4 fillings done in the same 3 hours because the fillings that were presented to them were small and shallow.  As far as required credits went, all fillings were created equal, regardless of difficulty.

3) Mean Teachers.  We’ve all had our share of them.  Mine was a certain female teacher my freshman year.  She deliberately would not come check my work in lab and would check everyone around me first, leaving me behind every time.  The minute I started being a bitch right back to her, she suddenly became nice.  Eventually, she acted like my BFF.  Not sure what that’s all about.  Maybe it was a sort of initiation to see if I was tough enough.  I did grow to like her though, despite the B.S.

4) More Nasty Teachers, or more specifically Oral Surgery Instructors.  These were some mean bastards.  They acted superior, treated the students with little respect, and always seemed a bit very sexist.  One time I was punished by one of them for simply misunderstanding his instructions to me.  He tore me a new one and treated me like shit the whole rest of the year while he rubbed elbows with all of my male friends.  And he was supposed to be one of the cool ones.

5) Pervy teachers.  A few of my friends were put in some pretty uncomfortable positions (figuratively– at least, as far as I know) on a few occasions.  There was more than 1 story of the married man with kids commenting about my friend’s ass or a disguised grope or lingering hug.  It was enough to make us all cringe.  My pervy experience came from a teacher who I thought was a role model and a good friend, but at least he waited until after graduation.  Despite the fact that he respected his boundaries while we were in school, it was still creepy and disappointing, shattering any respect I had for him.

6) Dental school wasn’t college.  In college we spent about 3-4 hours a day in class and the rest was free time.  Dental school was an 8-hour day, leaving just enough time for dinner, followed by an evening of studying for several hours for the 1 or 2 tests scheduled the following day.   It really was all dentistry all of the time.

7) Practicing a new skill on another human being.  I know there is no other way to do this, but it was scary.  Luckily, most of us were so careful that we didn’t do any harm.

8) Boards Part 1.  This standardized written exam after first year was bogus.  Being tested on relevant topics like Histology that we were sure to use all throughout practice was a productive use of our time.  I’m glad we learned those things instead of something as useless as Practice Management.

9) Boards Part 2.  I can’t even remember Part 2 because I think I was so terrified for the Clinical Board Exam.  Those were hellish.  It was a subjective test that one could fail if their patient didn’t even show up.  We had to convince our patients to dedicate their whole weekend to us, all for a free filling or 2.  As incentive, we were basically forced to pay our patients to come and get free dental work.  Some people had to bribe patients or even drive for hours to pick them up in order to ensure that they arrived.  A classmate and I actually flew 2 patients from Dallas to Denver and put them up in hotel rooms for the weekend.   One guy spent a bunch of (our) money on pay-per-view porn in his hotel room.  Way to be a douche and take advantage of a struggling student.

10) Lab work.  After an 8-hour day of classes and clinic, and entire evenings studying, we then had to do our own lab work.  Whether it was waxing crowns or building dentures, it was enough to drive this dental geek insane.

Now it’s your turn.  I know there is some good stuff out there, so please help!

What did you hate about dental school?


118 thoughts on “10 Reasons Dental School Sucked

  1. Hi,
    You certainly had to put up with a lot during your dental school days, there must of been a few days where you just didn’t want to go at least that is how I would of felt for sure.
    Good on you for seeing it all through. It certainly would of taken a bit of courage and determination.

    1. That’s right, mags. In fact, there were many days! I never skipped class in college even though it was so easy. But when I was in dental school, I definitely skipped out a few times ;). Thanks for your kind words!

    1. Yes! I had my share of them. One woman tracked me down and called me at home. Another would come in for more work after I’d spend hours fixing just 1 tooth and it was obvious he hadn’t brushed at all in the 3 weeks since the previous visit. One lady claimed she’d been pregnant for 14 years and was carrying a “man-child.”. That one still kills me! But there were also many great ones that I was sad to leave.

      1. Pregnant for 14 years? Hilarious! I had one patient in the walk-in clinic who said she couldn’t have x-rays because they caused her to have, um, female problems.

        A friend who was really cute had a patient who was married and lived about 2 hours away. He told her all about his marital problems, in waaayyyy too much detail, and invited himself to stay at her house whenever he was in town for dental work. She uninvited him:)

  2. I agree about the patients. While most of them were great, I had a few that I would have gladly drop kicked off the roof. One of my very first patients, during our first meeting, grabbed me in the hallway and asked if I was going to heaven or hell. Ummm… why? Am I going now?! Every time she had an appointment she would tell me how she was praying for me and hoped I would come to her church’s revival (which they evidently had every other week). Did I look like that much of a heathen? LOL Another one totally took advantage of me knowing that all of her work needed to be paid for in order for me to get credit and thus graduate. Yep, I got to pay her bill! I actually needed to take out a loan to be able to afford to graduate!

    I’m like you, I needed to really think about what I hated because I tend to remember the good times. There were a few instructors that terrified me or just rubbed me the wrong way and many long nights doing lab work and/or studying, nothing too terrible though. But, I can honestly say that BOARDS SUCK!!

    1. Agreed. That is horrible about the paying thing. I think that happened in my school too.

      I had one guy with horrible teeth (discolored, uneven, crooked, and rotten) say to me, “hey, your front tooth is longer than the other,” because my #9 was .25 mm longer than 8. I wanted to smack him 😉

  3. Laura–nice post. You don’t know how close you are to the truth about the dental profession….especially the mean, nasty, pervy teacher part. We learn no people skills in dental school. Actually we learn to be more competitive, envious and greedy. This gets extended to practicing dentists…the real world. Dentistry is a flawed profession at many levels. Run by technophiles who know nothing about what makes people tick. I really don’t know how we got here but I suspect that one way out could start in dental school.
    Thanks for the great post.
    Barry Polansky

    1. Thanks, Barry! I totally agree– well said. Which is why I contacted you to thank you for your post 10 Reasons Why My Patients Love Me There were several commentaries about me on other blogs by well-known dental leaders in our community. While I found their commentary to be a bit judgmental, and the humor and the point of my blog was lost on them, your commentary showed empathy, compassion, and humor. All qualities that are missing from some in our profession (among others.)

  4. OMG I love your blog!! I am actually in Dental school now and its is def a pain in the a**… You said all the right things… best of luck in your new career change, I am sure things will work out for you.

    1. Thanks, Courtney! It sure is. I’m glad to get confirmation from someone who is in the thick of it. Feel free to come back to this post and vent any time. Many of us will definitely appreciate any funny memories you might bring back.

  5. Dental school was the absolute worst 4 years of my life, for all the reasons you said.

    Except for boards – I took the SRTA’s (Souther Regional Testing Agency, for you non-dental folks). Compared to a day in the clinic, SRTA’s were a breeze. i don’t know if it was just the examiners assigned to our school, but they were so much more friendly and respectful of us than some of our instructors. They’d walk around and joke with us and our patients to put us at ease. They didn’t compromise the integrity of the exam, but they did try to make it so that if we were competent, we would pass. They weren’t looking to fail us on a paperwork technicality that had no bearing on patient treatment. A breath of fresh air.

    National Boards were a bit stressful, but I take standardized tests well, so it didn’t get to me too much.

    I would add patients. While I was there, I had a patient physically threaten me. I was cussed out for not prescribing Vicodin for a filling (mind you, a dental student can’t prescribe anything, period). I had to hide in an office one day to avoid a patient who had grabbed an assistant’s crotch. In my office, any of these behaviors will earn you a one-way trip out the door, and, in the case of physical or sexual assault, a call to the police. In school, you had to suck it up, unless a professor took up for you (my professor did, bless him). I had some truly wonderful patients, and I loved working with them. But, unlike today, I couldn’t get rid of even the threatening ones without a professor to advocate for me.

    And barry, I can see how dental school would bring out the worst in some people. Too often, it was made clear that it may not matter how intelligent, conscientious, or competent you were. Students were more likely to get ahead by being unethical – cheating on exams, trying to “steal” patients from your classmates, schmoozing up to the secretary who assigned patients to students so she’d cherry-pick them for you. Some female students found they could get extra help in some classes by flirting with the male professors. Some students always managed to be “sick” a few days before and after every break, forcing other students to pull extra hours to cover their rotations, while receiving no more credit.

    I’d like to think I came through it with my integrity intact. I really think most dentists do, but I’m sure the ones who were unethical in school have probably continued along the same path. I am bitter about how we were treated, even 11 years later, but I’m glad I do what I do. I think the system for educating dentists could use a serious overhaul.

    1. A lot of great points here, Sandy!

      I once had a patient chase me around my dental office looking for her crown because I refused to seat a crown for her that another dentist prepped. When I walked into the room, she was nasty from the start. Luckily I was several years into practice and knew that I was not going to own a tooth I didn’t prep on a disrepectful and probably litigious patient. My assistant was standing between us b/c she thought the lady was going to hit me. That’ll teach patients to learn to treat you with any kindness or respect 😀 Your stories reminded me of that.

      It’s interesting to hear you mention how you feel bitter to this day b/c most of us left d school saying we would never donate a penny to our school for the reasons you mention. There is something very wrong with that. Many people forget and end up supporting their school, but I think many don’t.

      Thanks for yet another thoughtful comment!

      1. That’s a loyal assistant!:) Glad you’d figured the patient out already – takes a while to be able to weed out the stinkers on the first visit. I’ve never had a patient actually chase me. Wow.

      2. Our college was on the honor system. The cheaters had frat brothers doing their home work and freely looked up answers during tests. I once saw a student in the bathroom stall with 5 books. (Incidentally, these were the ones who had the great practices when they exited school.) Now that I am a preacher (fifty some years later) I know that the teachers and cheaters will have a reckoning at some point.

  6. One thing I didn’t have a problem with was the Oral Surgery professors. The residents could be a bit arrogant, but the instructors were pretty cool. I never got the feeling that they thought women shouldn’t be there, and I spent a lot of time in that clinic.

    I did have to laugh when one of my female classmates told us one of the oral surgery residents told her female students were only in dental school to find husbands. Yes, we are going to pay crazy tuition to be abused for 4 years by patients, instructors, residents, and administrators, just to try to find a husband in a pool of arrogant, misogynistic tools. Apparently, he wasn’t quite as smart as he thought he was.

    1. Haha! “Yes, we are going to pay crazy tuition to be abused for 4 years by patients, instructors, residents, and administrators, just to try to find a husband in a pool of arrogant, misogynistic tools.” Love that!

    1. Funny– our perio people were pretty nice. I think because the department was headed up by a really sweet guy. Just don’t turn into one of them 😉 That’s interesting though because I thought it was a quality unique to those surgeons!

      1. I ended up going into an OMFS residency where I’m the only girl. Beside the burping, flatulence and lady-parts jokes, it’s all good! haha I know what you mean about the pre-doc instructors though. I had one read me the riot act in second year when I didn’t know that a baby aspirin had exactly 81 mg of medication in it. I also remember that if you couldn’t get a broken root tip out in exactly 30 seconds, they would just jerk the elevator away from you and say something like, “Never mind, I’LL do it,” leaving you to retract and suction, unable to see anything that was going on, and unable to gain any extraction skill. Thanks for your list, it was really therapeutic for me to read.

        To add to the weird patients, I had some:
        1. lady kept wanting me to come over to her house so she could wash my hair (it wasn’t THAT outwardly dirty, as Koshericious can attest, but yes there were days when I would skip shower b/c I was so busy. Chanel No.5, anyone??heheh)
        2. man asked me to give him one of my kidneys b/c he didn’t want to end up on dialysis. I finally had to tell him that I was born with a single “ring kidney” (I think this exists but is very rare) and that if I donated even a small portion, I myself would croak. He also wanted me to give him my teeth!!!
        3. After asking patient to stick out her tongue as part of standard new patient exam, she said the whole process turned her on and “would give her and her husband ideas” oy.
        4. one man wanted to kiss me all the time. He said we would take me on an all expenses pain trip to his homeland. As Koshericious pointed out, he probably wanted “something in return.” Blech.

        1. Thanks, Lauren. The profession will be lucky to have another woman in it. I don’t think I know any female OS’s. Good for you!

          Funny patient stories… just when we think we’ve heard it all, it gets weirder and weirder. Thanks for contributing!

    2. I think the worst in our school were the pros instructors. The ones who knew what they were doing were mean and condescending. The nice ones didn’t know what they were doing. There were a few nice, knowledgable instructors, but most were one or the other, and not both.

      Oral surg and oral diagnosis were all good folks.

      All the other departments were a mixed bag – some good, some bad.

  7. Reading your article was like reading about my life the past 5 years! And consider the fact that I am a student in a dental school in Greece! the same things happen here too!

    1. Ddent, I love to hear about the similarities with other cultures! I always thought many of these things I write about were typical American qualities. Oddly, it’s a bit reassuring to know it’s the same everywhere. Maybe I should be scared instead of reassured 😉 Thanks for weighing in from Greece! 😀

  8. Your lists are the best! It’s like you’re writing out of my brain. Except I didn’t have pervy professors. Not to say that no professors ever hit on me, just that the ones that did I didn’t mind because they were good looking. hahaha. Man, dental school days were fun but man did I get in some trouble!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! Haha– Right, there not pervy when they’re cute! We didn’t have any of that, unfortunately 😉 It’s no fun without a little bit of trouble.

  9. Once again you depicted it with incredible words! I had a “special” teacher that once said “for the next year, at the 5th grade, there is more”…And I and my collegue were at the 5th grade(our portuguese course was 6 years long)…Unfortunatelly that did happen because we could fail one entire year for one class…Luckilly I didn’t have a look at this person again…the other year she was kicked out from dental school. We only had to do lab things before going into clinic! Fortunatelly…

    1. Thanks, Sofia! So, more of the same in Portugal, huh? Amazing that they would make you do an entire year over for one class. Not sure if that happened at our school, but some people did have to repeat a year. I think it was usually because they didn’t finish their clinic requirements. I can’t imagine doing 5, let alone 6 years. Ours was 4 LONG years 😉

  10. trust me dental hygiene school was even worse although is was in the early 80s….Nursing school is even more mean… The best experince I had was recently getting my social work degree..They wanted me to succeed and made sure I had all I needed to do that.. Dental School does not have to be that stressful …its like how shitty can we be to you because we can…..My friend ask me the other day why do you only clean kids teeth and not adults anymore.. I said think about it….think about the things you can find in an adults mouth compared to a kids…..she said well they are probably dirtier…I said not that..how about public hairs.. and various crap.and bdy parts have been in there mouths…possible..(not all people but).. she said eweeee.. I said yep…

    1. Wow, Donna! I don’t usually say this, but… LOL! Must be my love of potty humor. 😀 I agree. I never understood why they felt they needed to berate us in order to allow us to succeed. It’s great to hear that your studies in social work were that way. I would hope in a field like that, but then again, I would hope any field that teaches people to care for others would be positive!!!! It’s like, “hey, we’re in the business of caring for other people, and we’re going to show you exactly how NOT to do that. All by example!” I also think nurses have the hardest job in the world. Maybe they are so mean in nursing school to get them used to a life of being treated poorly by patients and doctors.

    2. Oh no Donna, not you too with the hair in the mouth, sometimes embedded in calculus an inch thick? Make it go away…please…*begins to shake violently* lol

  11. I think you’re right about our memories ‘sugar coating’ things. I really hated the beginning of dental school for many of the reasons you’ve listed, but I guess at the end of the day I usually just shrug and think ‘well it wasn’t that bad’ especially after hearing stories of “how it used to be” from professors.

    Anyways, I think I’m going to brush up on some physiology. It’s been 3 years and I’ve forgotten exactly how the renal system works…

  12. 11. Secretaries who were on waaayyy too much of a power trip. Don’t know about other schools, but ours had quite a few who could make you or break you, and were not a bit shy about abusing that power. Don’t want to order from my kid’s latest school fundraiser? Maybe you’ll get that operative chair, and maybe you won’t. Not a male student willing to flirt with me? No patients for you!

  13. What’s with the dudes taking advantage of the women?? Sexist teachers/dentists is just plain wrong on every single level. Where do these guys learn about life and what’s correct? Interesting post and I’m glad I didn’t go into dentistry, really. Not my thing.

    1. MJ, I’d like to think that those sexist dudes are more the exception than the rule, but I’ve been shocked on many an occasion. It’s crazy how so many in the different health care fields think they are better than everyone else.

  14. Unfortunately, there were too many instructors in dental school who had a complete lack of self awareness that they were in fact assholes. During my time in clinical training, there was always one instructor who spent his entire day reading the paper. He was able to do this because nobody in his/her right mind would dare sign up with him.
    Maybe he did it intentionally so he’d have the free time. Who knows???

    1. Haha! So true, Mike. How boring would that be to sit and read the paper? I never understood how some of these people were so uninterested in helping us. Isn’t that why they were there?

  15. The reasons you mentioned are true, and I will add also that classmates in general sucked as well. Dental school was, overall, one of the most juvenile environments where gossipping, backstabbing, scheming-behind-the-back, and competing-like-crazy existed. There were some classmates who evidently enjoyed this like some sort of reality TV show, but personally I hated it.

    1. Yes, it was such a weird culture in school. I’m not sure much has changed with the dental community after graduation either 😉 Thanks for the comment, JT.

    2. I completely agree. I hate dental school mainly because of the classmates i have. It really scares me how competitive and crazy they all can be.

      1. I hate to say it, Natasha, but I think in some ways they all get worse out in the real world. I actually liked my classmates, and I also really like the majority of my colleagues, but you see a lot of big egos being competitive even after school.

  16. i laughed at some of these reasons…! how did you decide dentistry is not for you? i agree with everyone here, the people in dentistry are super crazy and competitive/study all the time/no social skills…i find myself alone most of the time and no one wants to help you either!

    1. Thanks, dent. I take it you are in dental school? It took me a long time to decide dentistry wasn’t for me, but it was always a slight concern. I wish I could sum it up for you in a quick sentence, but it’s not so brief. I have written a lot of posts on it here if you want the full scoop. 🙂 The competitive nature of school can be overwhelming… that’s why I just chose to enjoy it the best I could and not be too intense about being the best in the class. Hope it goes well for you. When do you graduate?

      1. 2 years time…i’ve always wanted to do dentistry but lately i’ve had the feeling of what if i don’t want to be filling teeth my whole life or what if i’m not cut out for it! i guess its just the nature of the course, days i love it and some days i dont! but i can relate the sugar coating analogy to a lot of things that happened in the clinic etc…i just laugh at them now

        1. If this helps at all… you’ll be doing so much more than just filling teeth. As much as it seems like it would be boring, it really is not at all. It’s always changing, always requiring you to be on your toes. Far from boring (maybe a bit monotonous and tedious at times) 😉
          And I guess if you decide you don’t want to be doing this your whole life, you can always change when the time comes! I can definitely relate…

  17. Dentistry is like any other form of work. Most people have issues with work. The Gallup Organization has determined that only 17% of people, worldwide are engaged in their work. What about the ready? So how does one develop a passion for their work (dentistry)? No one is “born” to be a dentist…like athletes. The talent is developed…and the talent goes way beyond hand skills. Through the years people learn to love, hate or just stay apathetic about dentistry. Working right trumps doing the right work. By working right I mean becoming competent in the hard and soft skills, getting total control over your work (think insurance companies), in order to provide meaningful work, and creating great relationships. Just my humble opinion.

    1. I think that 17% is important to remember– and it’s so true. We do get to choose how we want to approach a situation, especially our careers. And I can’t think of a job that doesn’t have some bad (even if minor) mixed in with the good. I think your point is very motivational– to me, it’s about practice and making choices.

  18. I can’t believe I graduated dental school 36 years ago and seems like nothing has changed. Some instructors enjoyed being mean and condescending. Some, you had to wonder why they were there. I always compared dental school to hell week when I pledged a fraternity in college. Fortunately, my dental school was only 3 years.elieve

    1. Wait a minute… I’ve heard stories of what goes on during a frat hell week. They weren’t giving you alcohol enemas in dental school, were they? 😉 It seems to never change, but when we were in school the teachers made sure to remind us how much nicer and easier things were than when they were students. Hope you’re getting some good turns in!

  19. Great post! I’m going to be starting at CU in the fall. Sorry dentistry didn’t work out for you, but at the same time, I’m glad. It seems like you are doing very well. Any advice for the new dental students !?

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked the post. In case you missed it, I have a post about loving dental school. 🙂 I hope you enjoy all of it. It will hold a lot of challenges, but hopefully you will find it to be very rewarding. Good luck with your dental career. I’m in Denver, by the way.

  20. I trained in India 15 years ago, gosh long time. Brings back memories of condescending prostho prof’s, pervy lecturers, difficult patients yes paid them, picked them up on day of exam, put them up in hotels ….etc etc, everything you wrote and a lot of what has been commented on ….. All experiences I have had. Although my specialist training was just as bad. I thought private practice / real world would be better.

    I worked in private and specialist practice for 5 years, taught at the dental school part time and in the end had a sort of burnout 🙂

  21. I’m studying DDS in Iran at the moment. I’ve finished BDS in another country and have gone through all this torture before… But Iranian teachers are doing a number on me! I’m currently depressed because of what they put me through in clinic. It’s as if I can NEVER do the right thing. They pick on me so much I’m always about to break down and cry in front of everyone. I can’t eat or sleep well anymore and I’m losing weight. I don’t wanna bitch and moan so I don’t even talk about it with anyone. I think I’m not cut out for this and I hate myself for being weak. Reading this and a few other blogs made me feel a little better though.

    1. They can be so cruel. You have to really want it to go through dental school twice! 😉 Good luck, and remember, if you’re not cut out for this there are always other options. They may not be easier now, but eventually they will be a better match for you and in the end you’ll feel better.

    2. I’m going through the same thing at Hygiene school. No matter what I do I can never do the right thing. 😦 It’s such a bummer because in the beginning they say how much they want us to succeed and it feels like (for me anyway) certain teachers relish in our failure. It’s sad and disheartening and I am starting to question what I’m doing in this program, especially after reading this post and all of these comments. Hygiene school is so competitive and I’m really starting to see the dark sides of teachers as well as my fellow students. Knowledge should be a shared resource. We shouldn’t be competing so hard with each other for knowledge gain. I don’t know if I’m cut out for this either. I have lost weight and turned into a nasty negative person. So not me. 😦

      1. You have to wonder if it’s all about egos, right? I’m not really surprised to hear that hygiene school is that same, but I guess I never expected it to be that way. It’s so sad that some teachers bully students. I agree with you– you would think they went into teaching to share knowledge, not to make students feel small. Maybe find the good teachers, and focus on them? I”m sorry you’re going through this. It will make you a better person to see that you don’t want to be a nasty negative person, and you will work harder to not be that way because clearly, you don’t want to be that kind of person. It’s ok too if you discover that hygiene isn’t for you– maybe there is something better out there for you! Or maybe you’ll see that the real world is a little better than school! Good luck, Lee Loo!

  22. Reading blogs like this before I started dental school really set my expectations low. I’m just finishing up my 1st year at Roseman University and getting ready for Boards, and looking back I realize it has been better than I could have even imagined. It has been incredibly challenging, but we don’t have to deal with the majority of the problems described above; I don’t know how students work with teachers that are out to make your life hell. That concept is so foreign to me, we don’t have any like that at our school. Some of them you don’t care for, but they are still approachable. Browsing this post again makes me not as frustrated to be studying for BioChem at 11pm; I’ve got it pretty good!

    1. It’s great to hear that they are treating someone a little better somewhere in this dental school world. It’s also great that you have a chance to appreciate what you are going through now. We had some really good times too despite what I say in this post. I even wrote a post about that. For some reason though, this post gets a lot more attention than Why I Loved Dental School. Not sure why?? 😉 Good luck with boards and the rest of your time in school!

  23. Ahhh the memories. I grad in 01 and I have the same love/hate thing. I have so many…..the bad memories….. Quizzes every hour. Offsite nursing home dentistry was abhorrent ., being back in high school ( ie: not being able to shit without Everyone knowing.). Being shoved into therapy because a girl in my class was horrid to me. Ending a 8 year relationship, NERB. I remember on pt clinical day some lady was walking around the waiting room telling everyone she got paid 500 for her filling ( the going rate was 300). This invited horrible fighting ( just what that day needed). Watching one girl in my class cheat through it all and have a higher ranking than me…. The debt

    1. Oh, so true. I’m curious about this going rate for a NERB filling. Why were people fighting over that? Did they think it was unfair that the student paid that patient more?

  24. this is crazy !!! i thought our teachers the only assholes in all the dental schools and yes they act so superior they think they are gods.

    you know the list you made this 10 reasons, it is exactly what i`m going through right now.
    i wrote like 80 exams in 200 days, so much exams and requirements it make u feel so exhausted. it start to get in to you makes you feel one year is more like 2 or 3 yrs

    every time i have a friend who is calls me and wants to hangout , usually i respond “sorry i have an exam” i just can’t go out , they start to disbelieve me.

    i don’t really know if it is even worth it to become a dentist, i hope it will pay off !!! 😦

  25. I really enjoyed your post! I find myself torn between going for dentistry or nursing. I’m a second career seeker, with a wife and son and quickly approaching 30 (28). I have some doubts about pursuing a career like this at my age but know a few dentist that live very well and genuinely enjoy their work. I just don’t want to put my family through any finical uncertainy while I’m in dental school (been there, it’s not fun at all) but the possiblity of being an entrepreneur while truly serving my fellow man excites me. Nursing would be less of a time commitment and I would be earning a wage sooner rather then later that would afford finical security but I want more then mere finical security. Any words of wisdom? Thanks

    1. Hi Julius,
      Thanks! Glad you liked the post. Good for you! I’m curious. What is your first career? I don’t know what it’s like to be a nurse, but I always say it seems like the hardest job in the world. I know people who love it, but I don’t think I have the personality for it. Send me a private message on my contact page, and I’ll go into my thoughts about it a little more. As far as dentistry goes, I know a lot about that! Have you read this post https://lolabees.me/2013/01/27/the-pros-and-cons-of-dentistry/ ? Start there, and then let’s be in touch. I do have “words of wisdom,” but I just don’t know how wise they will be. 😉

  26. I’m so glad I came across this. It definitely gave me a little more perspective on what dental school is like. Regardless how daunting this is to me, I’m still going for it. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

    1. Glad you liked it, Putri. Lots of luck to you in dental school and beyond. In case you missed it, I wrote a post on 10 reasons I loved dental school, so if you haven’t already, you should read it for a more positive spin!

  27. Wow! I never imagined Dental school would be so dramatic/immature…especially coming from Professors. You’d think they would want you to succeed. Like Julius Allen, I am older (27) and would only be able to apply to Dental school in my early 30’s (29 if I apply after only completing the pre-requisites). I changed my major 2x, on top of waiting until I was 22 to start college so I am behind. 😦 I worry that I am too old but, I’ve exhausted every other healthcare field out there and feel Dentistry to be the most appealing. I’ve also read several conflicting articles, about the job outlook…which has me concerned. In your opinion, do you think it will become harder to find jobs? I’d hate to waste 6+ years on a field that is becoming saturated. Can I just be a kid again? Life is hard! 🙂

    1. We should just be kids again! Imagine how much easier it would be knowing what we know now. 😉 Life in dental school is pretty silly, but it’s not soooo bad that it should deter anyone from going into this field. In some ways, it was pretty good too. Just curious– are you set on something in healthcare? It sounds like you have explored other options in the field? I don’t think it’s bad to change majors and be a bit “behind.” At least you are not jumping into something that you don’t like. I don’t really know the answer to your question. I think it may be harder to find jobs. There is more competition, but at the same time there is always opportunity. I wonder if anyone else who is still in practice would have a little better insight for you??

      1. If only! 🙂 I am definitely set on something in healthcare. I tried health information management…I lasted one semester in the program before finally admitting defeat. I was always bored. I zoned out during entire lectures (Keep in mind, I only had the one teacher). She never quite defined what we would actually be doing. She only discussed her personal work stories of how she had to constantly track down Doctors for signatures and had to wait outside their office doors for several hours until she could shove a pile of paperwork in their hands. It just did not seem fulfilling to me. So that was major change #1. Then I decided on Pharmacy. I’ve always found medicine (mainly natural/alternative) to be interesting. So I signed up for the pharmacy technician program. It was fast, easy and could get my foot in the door if I decided to pursue pharmacy school. I am currently working as a pharmacy technician and I love the job. I’m always busy and there’s never a dull moment. However, after seeing the Pharmacists job…I decided that too…was not for me. They sit at a computer for 8+hrs a day…never getting up unless it’s to take a lunch break. At least in the hospital, that’s how it is. And I knew I didn’t want to work in a retail pharmacy. Not that they have it real exciting either, standing in a small space for 8+hrs/day. Again, it just didn’t seem very interesting. So major change #2 came along and I was left feeling very undecided. I thought about medical school but realized that’s at least 8 more years of school and isn’t very conducive to family life. At 27…that’s kind of something I have to consider. Plus, after walking the halls of the hospitals…I remembered how much I am not a fan of feces/urine/vomit. I can handle blood/spit and I’m sure a dentist probably sees some vomit in their day if they’re in it long enough but at least it wouldn’t be 5x/week. (I hope!) 😉 I really enjoy working with my hands and doing tedious tasks so I think it’s something I could (eventually) excel at. So, there’s my story. And you are right…I should go talk to a practicing dentist to see how the competition is around my area. I know a lot of dentists start their own practice but are there some that are willing to hire a recent graduate into their practice?

  28. Yes Dental school sucks!! haha. was interesting to read about your experiences with male professors being that you’re female. I would have a different take on it, you see, the faculty guy who talked down to you was probably a socially awkward troll, while you are probably an attractive confident and well adjusted girl. Upon realizing the only way a girl like you would ever pay attention to him in the real world would be if she was 1/2 a bottle of tequilla deep and possibly in need of cataracts removal, he decided to use his position to push you down thereby giving him a sense of empowerment, while making you feel as if you needed to seek his approval, so in a sense it was probably a mixed up way of flirting with you. Ive had the opposite experience with male professors, it’s not that they are sexist, it’s that they are all about the opposite sex!!! Try being a normal guy and getting their attention for more than 30 secs, while they hover around the girls for 2 hrs 59 min and 30 secs, literally. It seems like male DDS become clinical instructors to have young girls look up to them and crave their attention, while female DDS become clinical instructors to give back all the angst they received from male professors but instead focus it on the male dental students. I think Ricks rome (was it?) said it right when the key to dental school is just keeping your head down till you get out, I cant agree more especially for the average male dental student, also I would add to be quick on your feet to avoid getting stabbed in the back by your peers.

    1. Hi dental student, I can say with the same amount of amazement that I had no idea about the experience of male students. But I can see that– the one woman teacher who sort of bullied me did the same thing to me! It was so obvious that she loved the attention of the dudes.

      As far as the OS jerk who reamed me out. I like your take on it. 😉 I would say if that was the case, it definitely backfired. I avoided him and gave him the stink eye as much as I could.

      Hang in there! I assume you’re almost out?

  29. I would say the competiveness between class mates over useless things. People would conceal their true ambitions for being #1, by lying, stealing, and betraying. Especially when it came for specialty applications. I ended up going into pedo AFTER my GPR; and laugh at all the foolishness people did try and be in the “top 20%” while in dental school. I had the grades and boards, but was turned off by the “pedo crowd” in my class {pedo club, pedo externship, pedo faculty, pedo shadowing, recommendations} blah blah blah

  30. hi!
    i’m a new reader of your blog, just been recommended…This list was great…agreed with so many, except I am a female OMFS attending now…finished 6 years of training and wanted to say we aren’t all that bad!!! Some of us are pretty nice… 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you joined us here! Actually, one of the most decent and kind teachers in our school was an Oral Surgeon. Dr. Grogan at Baylor– have to give him a shout out! What a great guy! You’re right. There are always exceptions. Good for you! We don’t see many women go on to be an OMFS.

  31. It’s just hilarious that I stumbled on this blog. My wife graduated from the dental hygiene program in Denver and she had many of these exact complaints. Once she had to attend some case presentations given by the dental students and I remember all she said was “They looked like they lost their souls.”

    This is all funny for me because dental school has kinda been my “Shit, I can’t think of anything else to do” plan ever since I left the military. Like you, I have a background in language (Arabic) and got to train at what is probably the world’s finest language school. But after that, it was 4 years of nonstop stress, night work, and verbal hazing. I was never treated with respect as a translator even though I was god damn great at my job. It was hell for me, but I tend to remember the things I liked: the comradery and the expert linguists I worked with. Everything I liked about it had basically nothing to do with the military and everything to do with translation.

    Then I transitioned to civilian school as a pre-dent and started seeing plenty of 20-something cutthroat types, I mean proud true drippng douchenozzles, especially in my chemistry and biology classes. (Physics, not so much. Those dudes tend to be a little chiller.) It doesn’t actually surprise me at all to hear that this “looking out for #1” behavior is in dental school (or dental hygiene school, I guess) or that there are socially retarded adults there. I’ve been questioning my resolve regarding dentistry for a time now, because I’m just not sure if I can put up with any more smug, power-tripping, condescending, possibly incompetent dickheads at this stage in my life. But then again, that was actually one of the reasons I considered dentistry in the first place. Fuck.

    Thanks for having this blog.

    1. Oh TGL, I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to approve this comment until now! I actually think your language is funny. I hope it wasn’t too much of a pain for you to follow up. I love your story. I even checked out your blog but got so caught up in other things, that I haven’t had a chance to respond yet. It’s actually rare that other bloggers share the dentistry thing. I’m happy you found this. I am in Denver too! I wonder if I know your wife. What an interesting comment about losing our souls. She must have seen something we were all missing. 😉

      I love Spanish and wish I could just learn foreign languages all the time. I am not so good at Spanish anymore since I don’t get to practice a lot, but I always think that if I could just study it and speak it for a living (and then move on to other languages too,) it would be a great path to take. It sounds like you put up with a lot of doodoo. (I’ll keep it clean, haha!) Ugh! I could never do that.

      Ok, so what are you going to do instead?

      1. Shoot, sorry for the double post, lolabees. You’ll probably see another comment from me at some point. Anyway, to answer your question, I’m not sure what I’m going to do instead. I guess I’m in the process of deciphering that.

        I think the lost-soul look probably comes from pulling all nighters. I know. Have you ever seen the movie Rashomon? There’s a scene in it where one of the main characters hears someone crying and he wonders “Who is it I hear crying?” only to realize that he is the one weeping. That’s kinda what it felt like. lol. But seriously tho.

        I don’t know. There’s a beauty to giving yourself to a foreign language that isn’t matched by really anything else I think. Breaking through your current way of thinking, remodeling your mind in a way. It’s a fantastic process. I feel like whatever I do has to be involved with this process. At least I hope so.

        Do you find that you get a lot of satisfaction out of your new job helping folks lose weight? How does it compare to dentistry? My wife, who cleans teeth, loves helping people but gets a little demoralized by, you know, certain kinds of patients. Do you find that in your current line of work as well?

        1. No worries! I felt bad that I left you hangin’ there, and when I saw your second comment, I realized I better hop to it. I agree about the foreign language thing. For me it always felt like solving a puzzle, rising to a challenge, and it’s so amazing that it makes you simplify who you are. When you can’t express yourself, you have to go back to the basics and find a way to do it!

          Those are good questions… I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

        2. You know, I’ve caused myself a lot of stress pondering that question in the past, but I can’t say I have ever found one thing. I think I’m just finally starting to appreciate the unpredictable nature of things that happen. There’s something about staying open to this kind of coincidence that I’m just beginning to get used to, almost like learning to really trust myself for the first time.

          I tend to be attracted to the beauty of language, so in some way or another, I imagine that it will one day suck me in to a career of sorts. But there’s no telling. You know, actually, I’ve always thought being a baker or maybe a butcher would be cool.

        3. For years I had no idea what to do, and that kept me trapped. I think it’s ok not to know as long as having no answer doesn’t prevent you from acting. I don’t think we have to have all the answers, and I like your approach of coincidence. I say that everything I’m doing now found me– I just had to be open and aware enough to notice those opportunities. That flexibility mixed with a constant pursuit of something/anything that would create change is actually what allowed me to move forward. And heck, even though I am doing something with a new career (or careers,) I still am open to what comes my way. It sounds like the same will happen for you.

  32. How about being trained in a foreign country where you getting way more experience than the US and still have to do two years of advanced training for bull crap.

  33. Have over 10 years experience. I started dating my husband in the fourth year and we’re still together and still both dentists.

    I too had hard feelings after dental school but looking back, I wish I had the skills and it have now. All those clinical requirements seemed so ridiculous to achieve. My first month into private practice I was able to achieve all my requirements short of the dentures.

    I worked hard and was able to make 6 figures after my first year and became an associate early.

    I have set lots of teeth in private practice on a full denture. Sometimes the lab you choose just isn’t getting it. And the patient is getting frustrated. You can’t just keep sending it back. It costs you$$$$$$! The lab bill is a huge percent of your profit and unless your fees are super high or you have great auxiliary staff with skills, you will not turn a profit if you send everything out.

    Nasty teachers? Remember these people are watching you struggle with easy things that are easy. You get four hours to do a filling, see two patients a day? Seriously. I’ve got a practice that churns a profit and I just hired an associate right out of school. He was doing that one filling in the morning and one filling in the afternoon. At 35 % collections, he was making less than $100 a day. He is costing me money! I pay more in my assistant’s salary. I told him he has to strive to do filling start to finish in 10 minutes or he’s out.

    The best thing about dental school is there is no shortage of dental patients. In private practice you have spend $$$$ to get them. Our neighboring practice spends $100,000 each year on advertising. Those billboards aren’t cheap, plus the postcards, plus the radio ads. You could honestly get 5 low income patients from your local dental school for $50 for arrival and $50 upon completion.

    And tests, all these things that you don’t think you will need, well it always comes back to haunt you. More and more patients have more and diseases. I have diagnosed oral cancer as a primary caregiver. I’ve seen those hardened plaques on panaramic films. I’ve seen warts, HIV and AIDS. I’ve seen OKC.

    My advice, your instructors though old, have already made it. Learn from their experience. Get their tips and tricks. Go inside the dental lab and talk to the technicians. I learned how to pour the best models there. And of course, practice practice practice!

  34. Dr., Thanks for reading my blog. All the dental school problems you visited are probably still present in one form or another.There were no women in dental school when I attended! More than 20 years ago.The dental school I attended 50 years ago admitted to selectively making students repeat courses or years in school. One schoolmate repeated the first year, the 4th year, and still was not allowed to graduate. I never gained a State-side license; however,I pulled and filled more teeth in Central and South America, The Islands, and Africa (while doing mission work) than most doctors do here in a hundred years, and all for free.

    1. Hi Tom! I was amazed to see that you studied dentistry along with pharmacy! What an interesting experience for you. You must have really loved doing your mission work. You helped so many people! That’s too bad about how the school played those games with people’s futures. Thanks for stopping in! Glad to meet another dentist blogger!

  35. Hello Lola,

    I withdrew from dental school after the first year. Before I started, I was so excited to move to a new city and start a program that would provide me with a wealth of knowledge. While in school, the constant stress was taking a toll on my physical health. I was doing well in my courses but knowing what I had to do everyday for the next couple of years made me sad. Dropping out of dental school became an obsession and I could not believe it.

    Finally, I decided that I needed to decide if this was for me because a decision further down the road would not be possible due to the monstrous cost of attendance per year. I mentioned it to a few of my classmates and I am sure they thought I had lost my mind.

    Fastforward, I have been in a Nursing program for about a year and I have never been happier in school. We delve into science without having to memorize the details of research conducted by a PhD. I sleep better at night knowing that I am not trapped by over $250,000 in debt that is usually accumulated by dental students. Thank you for your blog, it helped me make my decision and allowed me accept that dental school is not the only way to a good career.

    1. Hi Tiago,
      Glad you made the right decision for you! That must have been really hard at the time, but I applaud your courage. And look at you now… enjoying the nursing program you are in. How wonderful! Sometimes when you know, you just know. Congrats, and I wish you a lifetime of loving your career. And you’re welcome! I’m so glad to hear this blog helped you.

  36. I will be attending dental school pretty soon and i’m really nervous and scared about the whole process. i’m not sure on what to expect or how to deal with it when the time comes, but i would for you or anyone to help assure me that i’m not going crazy and it isn’t as hard as almost everyone makes it seem.

    1. Hi Roy,
      Dental school is hard work. It is not at all like undergrad which allows a lot of free time. But you can do it. If you can get in, you can make it through. Some of the things on this list are pretty annoying, but it was never anything that would have stopped me from following through. If this is what you want, go for it. You can do it, and it’s not that bad– just don’t expect it to be 3 hours of class a day like undergrad. 😉

      1. Thank you so much for the reply and encouragement! You know, I still have a few questions that I hope you could give me an answer to! Was it really hard for you to get in? Have you finished dental school? If yes, How long did it take you? Do you get to pick your schedule? And also, can you give me an example on how my schedule my look? I know it’s a lot of questions but please help me out. 🙂

        1. You’re welcome! I got in to dental school 20 years ago, so I might not be the best help at this, but I’ll give it a shot. I don’t know if I’d say it was hard to get in. I did the work that needed to be done and luckily it just happened. Dental school is 4 years for most. A very few need 5 years. You don’t get to pick your schedule. Year 1 was mostly science classes, year 2 we started to get in the clinic for cleanings, and year 3 and 4 we had 2 hours of class in the morning and clinic from 10-5. It’s a full time job!

  37. I’ve hated dental school too. Wanted to give up many many times since the beginning of starting clinics 2 years in. But I have made it to final year now year now… sometimes i will get that odd rewarding patient, but most of the time I am just ticking off the days and wishing the time away until I graduate. I have a great supportive atmosphere around me (boyfriend/family) but honestly I just cannot wait to finish and the only thing getting me through right now is thinking that I don’t have to do this as my career if I don’t want too. I struggle a lot sometimes with the stress and do bad work sometimes because of it, but sometimes I get the odd nice piece of feedback from the teachers. But cry maybe 1 or 2 times every 2 – 3 weeks in front of them as they slate me. I work very hard at it and they know I try my best. I just wish I could fast forward the time and finally feel no longer trapped. I am so creative at heart… maybe that is the career I want one day.

    1. Glad you found the blog, Christina. A lot of us who have written here share your feelings. Sorry to hear you’re struggling. Do you think you will practice dentistry when you leave, or stay in it for a while? Do you know what you’d like to do?

  38. Hello, lola! Nice to see a new perspective on this major
    I want to ask, if you’re doing a work like filling and extraction. Who’s the patient? Are ppl just often to go to faculty clinic/lab by their own choice? Since in my country, professional program dentistry student must have to find and convice their own patients, so they willing to come and get a treatment. We even pay more for a kind of person that wil provide us with a ready to go patient according to our requiements.

    Sorry if this is such a silly question. Im in a fourth years of my study. In here, we have to go to class, learning a theory abt dentistry for 3,5 years(also with a lab work, but the patient is just a plastic-rubery cheek phantom so they didnt scream no matter what) and continued with 2 years of profession program(full lab works) so we can have a dentist title, we have to find a person that want to get treated by us.

    Thank you for reading!

  39. Hi Lucas. Where are you from? I love to hear how similar and different the dental community is around the world. A lot of people seek out dental care from the schools here because it is much less expensive than going to a private practice. At my school we screened patients to see if they were candidates, and we turned a lot away. There was never a lack of patients here. We did have certain procedure requirements, so some students got luckier than others depending on which patients were assigned to them.

    It’s crazy you have to pay your patients. The only time we ever had to do that was to take the dental board exams. We had to supply our own patients for that. If your patient didn’t show up that day, you would fail, so many would pay people large amounts to show up for them.

    Good luck with your studies and patient practice! Should be an exciting ride!

    1. Its actually pretty exiciting except the part of find our own patient. Plus teachers in certain dept wouldnt let us work immediately, we have to take some ‘discussion’ first, fill a patient medical records also their own dept status. That kind of discussion is depressing, we’re short of time(6 semesters maximum, or drop out) and more than half of my upperclassman get stuck until now. Our special clinic building for dental care(or our labs) hold more than 200+ student, and half of them is already get a title as late for graduate. There’s only around 70 dental chairs, so I swear almost everyday I see every student lowkey get in a fight(include me) for get that empty slot of dental chair for our own patient. Oral surgery is the most encouraging one, despite there’s so many risk if we didnt be careful.

      I really wish I can enroll to overseas dental school. And yours sounds like a heaven for us. Will move if I can, but I didnt see a light for it. Im scared if I cant graduate on time and get drop out. My allowance is empty to the point I didnt really eat well now bcs I must get ready for pay my patients every single days(include a person that provide us a patient but they cost more like 3x of my daily expense) not to forget to buy tools.
      I want to drop out bfr I get too old but my family already spent too much for this(bcs in my country, medical faculty is just like a God. You’ll get a “wow future doctor/dentist! Hope you will grant me a free treatment after graduate”

      1. Yeah, what a horrible pressure to have placed upon you. I will say while we don’t have to fight over chairs here, we do have to wait in line to have everything checked by teachers. It is nice to not worry about that after you graduate. I guess the dental students here to have a lot to be thankful for, but it is very expensive here too… and also highly regarded, by the way. Thanks for sharing your experiences from Indonesia!! Keep us posted on how your story turns out!

        1. Thank you for your advice! I’m currently planning secretly to apply on another dental school overseas. But I need to decided which school that can accept transfer from overseas student

          Can I know which school that you attended?

        2. That sounds great! I went to Baylor in Dallas. I don’t know if they have an international program there, but they do at University of Colorado. It’s funny… I was just speaking with someone in India who wants to study abroad too!

  40. Wow. I can’t believe how universal your dental school experiences are and how little has changed since then. There has been some wonderful faculty in our school, and I have made some amazing friends in my time here. But the dental school has sucked overall especially the clinical portion. A lot of my classmates are fed up with the lack of patients, chairs, supplies, and faculty time. Not to mention the byzantine self-imposed rules and regulation that change every few months to make clinic “fair”. I feel like I am trapped in an absurd Kafkaesque nightmare with a dollop of hazing and belittlement. I honestly hate everything about dental school except for my friends, my patients, and the actual dentistry.

    1. Kwon, when we were in dental school, our teachers used to tell us how easy we had it. That was 20 years ago! Are they still telling you the same thing? I don’t know if you saw it, but I wrote 10 reasons I loved dental school… I think you’ll see those are universal too. Good luck in school– you’ll love getting your nights back to yourself after you graduate!

  41. I m glad I came across this..
    The striking similarities that dental students face all over is commendable..
    I can totally relate to your feelings 🙄
    Though I hated being in dental school , I m having difficulty in recollecting what I disliked …🤐
    I guess it’s the way dentistry is – a bag of mixed emotions .😓
    There are pathetic professor everywhere , for us it was prosthodontics . After completing patient work and lab work and not forgetting missing lunch for several days in a row , what you listen is that you all are bunch of crap and good for nothing etc..😵
    And in Ortho you apparently have to straighten the wire , knicking your fingers and shredding blood , when you go for instructors approval , from nowhere a micro bend appears and cycle has to be repeated 😑
    Digging through plaster models and practising through phantom head 😷 and exams at the end of every postings..
    After going through all this , you have to tackle some professor in orals , who have mastered in those department for good 30 years , asking us for detailed classification of cysts and tumor.. and God forbid you miss even a single point , you are dead😶
    I mean are we gonna deal with patients like this categorising them according to classifications..
    I don’t think I can even end writing about this
    But at the end when your patients are satisfied with you , that one smile will vanish all the struggle you went through.. 😄
    Hoping dentistry will bring smile to all of our faces in future .
    Time to change the perspective….

    1. It’s not an easy time for sure, but it can definitely bring good memories too. You started out not remembering much, but you did a pretty good job of remembering some things. Ha! As far as perspective change, that is always good, and I’m not sure if you saw it, but I do have a post titled 10 Reasons I Loved Dental School… for some reason that post didn’t invite as many comments as this one did. I wonder why?? 😉 I hope dentistry will bring a smile to your face too!

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