The world of military dentistry.

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Military Dentist

Of all the careers available in the world, I have decided to become a dentist in the military. Not only will I plan to further my basic education here at Fayetteville State University, I also hope to develop skills and knowledge in the field of Dentistry. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, I aspire to be a certified Dental Hygienist. Also, I would like to attend the graduate school of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout the United States and the world there are different base departments of military dentistry. Most station bases have dental facilities many that are associated with the station hospital. Dental treatment facilities are located all through the continental, United States, and several other countries as well. There are a limited number of available positions at some facilities for civilian dentists not enlisted in the military.

I have a strong educational background in biology and mathematics, and I think that I could apply this combination of comprehension and knowledge to the health industry.

In the field of dentistry it is more than just cleaning and pulling teeth. As dentist you diagnose, prevent, and treat teeth and tissue problems. They remove decay, fill cavities, examine x rays, place protective plastic sealants on children's teeth, straighten teeth, and repair fractured teeth. They also perform corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones to treat gum diseases. Dentists extract teeth and make models and measurements for dentures to replace missing teeth. They provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, use of fluorides, and other aspects of dental care, as well. They also administer anesthetics and write prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications. (www.

There are quite a lot of differences between military and regular dentist far as training,