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How Do I Become a Dental Consultant?

By Whitney Leigh White
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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To become a dental consultant, it is not necessary to be a dentist, but experience in the industry is very helpful. In fact, being familiar with the lifestyle of a dentist who owns a lasting and successful business is of the utmost value, as it helps you to provide high-quality consultation and management advice. Many facilities do not have educational requirements to become a dental consultant, but instead, they look at your experience in the industry. Since consulting is similar to counseling, it is important for you to have excellent analytical, interpretation, and communication skills. To augment your resume, it is beneficial to become affiliated with dental consulting professional associations.

Your lifestyle as this type of consultant should be relatively similar to the one of your employer. Dental practices operate on various schedules, with some being open five days a week, while others may only provide services only one or two days. Keeping this in mind, it is best to agree on what hours you are willing to work and the exact services that you want to provide before you become a dental consultant for an employer. Additionally, this helps you keep a well-established name and reputation in the industry, which is very important because practices frequently rely on word-of-mouth advertisement when hiring a consultant.

A formal education is not required by all businesses who hire dental mentors, but a degree in dentistry or business management is to your benefit. Some practices may have strict qualification guidelines, which sometimes include 10 years or more of experience, having proper licensure, and more. In the US, it is common for employers to prefer that you be a member of the American Dental Association (ADA). The Academy of Dental Management Consultants (ADMC) is another highly-respected professional association that you may want to join. Both full and affiliate memberships are offered through the ADMC.

General skills that you should possess in order to become a dental consultant include being computer literate, a strong communicator, and great at collaborating with others. Your knowledge base of oral healthcare guidelines and standards should be in-depth, making it important that you continue your education in the field. Some great ways to freshen and sharpen your knowledge are by attending workshops and seminars. It is not uncommon for dental practices to pay for these types of workshops, as well as any travel expenses that may be incurred in the process.

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Discussion Comments

By anon1004399 — On Jan 31, 2021

How would someone get started in this in western New York?

By Heavanet — On Jul 17, 2014

This is a great job for people who are already working in the field of dentistry but want to make a change. Dental consulting allows individuals to use their dental skills, but provides a change in work practices by also allowing them to work behind the scenes.

Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants who want to step back form working in peoples' mouths and take different career paths while staying in the field of dentistry should consider this type of work. They will be able to help people find the dental services they need, so it is still a very rewarding path.

By Raynbow — On Jul 16, 2014

A career as a dental consultant is great for people who enjoy working with others, but may not necessarily want to do the hands-on dental work that hygienists, assistants, and dentists do. This career also has a lot of flexibility when it comes to income, because a consultant that can boost a dental practice's bottom line will be in demand.

If you are looking for a job that allows you to help others by giving them valuable dental information, you should look into dental consultant positions in your area. If you live in a place where these job opportunities are available, you next step would be to get the training you need to get started.

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