Few people want to see the dentist, but more wouldn't mind becoming one. Students amass tuition debt to earn the "DDS" (or "DDM" or "DMD") credential on their office doors, but fewer graduates are opening their own practice given the increasingly corporate environment.

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Top American Dental Programs

4University of Michigan
9Harvard University
10University of North Carolina

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What separates a great dentist from an average one?

"Taking time to educate the patient. Assembly-line dentistry is becoming more the norm in many areas, but each patient is individual and requires individual planning. And planning for the future is critical to optimal oral health."

Dr. Loren Anderson

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