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On the first part of this two-part blog post, we have identified four of the non-clinical dental opportunities that you can pursue just in case you do not want to practice clinical dentistry. These career opportunities are working in the field of academic dentistry, dental consulting, research, and/or accreditation. Today, we will be talking about the other non-traditional practice settings that both new and veteran dentists can pursue such as dental organization, dental products industry, dental insurance, and federal services.
Public Health Dentistry
If private practice does not suit you as of the moment, you can join the Dental Officers in the Commissioned Corp, offer public oral health services, and work throughout the federal programs and agencies, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The U.S. Public Health Service gives you the opportunity to help prevent oral diseases, promote oral health, and develop health policy. It likewise allows you to experience providing dental care in various cultural environments like in federal prison, Indian reservation, and coast guard base.
As a dentist, you need to be part of the dental organization. However, being a member is different from working full-time or part-time for the organization like in the American Dental Association or ADA. You can work at any dental organizations in your locality whether it is a state, national, or local level organization.
Aside from public health dentistry, you can also offer federal services to any of the three branches of the US armed forces. You can likewise work within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and provide continued care for military veterans.
Working as a dentist in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Air Force, Navy, or Army can be more challenging as compared to working in a clinical setting given the critical needs, and complex and diverse medical conditions of the veterans, the service members, and their families.
Dental insurance companies hire dental graduates who can do works like scientific analyses and research, reviewing claims, and administrative functions, among others. If you want a higher managerial position, you may need to have an experience in clinical practice on top of your dental degree and license.
Dental Products Industry
The dental products industry is continuously booming as the need for new dental product innovations increases. There are many dental products companies like Schultz Optical that need staff, partners, and employees that are not just good at marketing and business management but are also knowledgeable in the field of dentistry.
Having enough knowledge, education, and experience in dentistry give dentists like you greater edge as compared to those who are not dentists. And since you are a dentist, you will likely know better what types of products a typical dentist need in his practice. You can work in a company that manufactures or deals precision instrument products like dental headlights and dental loupes.
Dental magnification loupes are one of the latest trends in precision dentistry and the demand for such kind of products is expected to increase over the years as more and more dental professionals appreciate the many benefits it provides.