Pre-Dental Ultimate Resource List

Here is a full list of all the greatest resource I have found over the years. I highly encourage looking through it and using it to its full potential.


Complete Guides:

Learn How to Become a Dentist

Dentists are an indispensable part of the medical field, ensuring patients receive proper and professional oral health care. With dental procedures being a crucial part of our entire lifespan, these professionals must be well-versed in caring for both pediatric and senior patients visiting for myriad reasons. As of 2015, the American Dental Association reported nearly 196,000 dentists were practicing throughout the country, with projections showing more than 26,000 roles will be added in the coming years. Individuals who are prepared to complete an extensive education and learn the tools and technologies of the trade should enjoy fulfilling, busy careers. Learn the steps to becoming a licensed dentist and what a dentist career entails.

2013 Guide to US Dental School Admission

The guide is designed to help prospective applicants in their quest for a career in dentistry. This is an EXTREMELY comprehensive guide covering all aspects of dentistry important for a pre-dental student to know. Please note that this guide is not intended to be a substitute for other guides, such as the ADEA Official Guide To Dental Schools. This comprehensive guide was written by doc toothache on Student Doctor Network.

NEW – 2014 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools

An annually published guide produced by the ADEA including tips about admissions, information about dentistry and individual school profiles for every dental school. This resource provides individual statistics for each school covering averages, demographics, tuition, and much more.

How Dental School Works – From High School to Residency

If you have ever considered becoming a dentist, I would like to help you to understand everything that is involved. My name is Dr. Jerry Gordon and I am a practicing dentist. Dentistry is a career that I truly enjoy and would recommend to others. However, many people greatly underestimate the time that must be invested in order to become a dentist, the difficulty of those years, and the high cost of educating a dentist. After reading this article you will completely understand the process as well as the commitment involved!



I am a 4th year DDS student here to answer your questions about dental school and the application
process! Ask away!#predental #ToothLife #DDSorbust #ToothGang


Hey there! Follow for daily tips on the journey of a predental student. From DAT to GPA, learn how.


DDS Applicants is a free service of the Student Doctor Network for pre-dental and prospective pre-dental students. The site allows sharing of past applicant experiences with current applicants to provide a guide of what to expect. Alternative to

Student Doctor Network’s Interview Feedback

The premier resource to research interviews for each individual school. The information is based on applicants who received an interview invite. Information includes duration of interview, number of interviewers, interview questions asked and MUCH MORE!

Top 10 Ways to Get into Dental School

Top 10 Ways to Get Into Dental School (Admissions Advice for the Pre-dental Student)

2010-2011 Survey of Dental Education – Tuition, Admission, and Attrition

Tuition information covers resident and non-resident fees, and other fixed costs. Information about admissions illustrates the number and gender of applicants, criteria employed in the admissions process, and figures on international graduates and advanced placement. Attrition covers withdrawal rates by class and reason for withdrawal. Presented by the American Dental Association

Real time admissions statistics posted by applicants. Everything from interviews, acceptance offers to attending numbers. This is the successor of which was recently shut down. Alternative to DDS Applicants

doc toothache (SDN) 2014 Statistics (Unofficial):

These resources are compiled unofficially, but offer a streamlined experience that rivals the ADEA Official Guide.

2013 Ranking of DS Based on GPA/DAT/Other

This information might be useful in deciding on a list of possible ds to seek out, but it is not a substitute for the information available from the 2014 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools.

2014 Majors and DS Admission Trend 2005-2013

The ADEA appears to be still tweaking the list of majors. It has dropped the designation of “No Major” and added “Other”. The relative high percentage in the “Other” category might indicate a significant change in the definition of the listed majors and might explain the 4 % drop in the Health Professions and Related Programs. Biology continues to be represent the highest percentage of both applicants and enrollees. Engineering has the highest percentage rate of enrollment.

2014 Prerequisites

The number of schools requiring one or more the big four-biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology- is steadily increasing. There are a number of school that require additional science courses- math, calculus, statistics- and non science-, psychology, sociology, Spanish (Puerto Rico) . Other recommended non science courses includes: business, communication, computers, foreign language, sculpture/art/pottery, 3-D, drafting and pottery.

2014 Shadowing Requirements/Recommendations

Some minor changes in shadowing requirement/recommendation from 2013. Georgia went from 30 to 200 hours; Louisiana from 30 hours at 2 offices to 50 and 17 hours each at 3 offices; Mississippi from 40 to 100.

2014 Community College/Advancement Placement and DS Admission

Dental school’s views on community college and advanced placement courses for prerequisites and elective has not changed much since 2013. It is still advisable to avoid community college courses for prerequisites as much as possible.

2014 The MS Advantage-Predental Education of Enrollees

It appears that Midwestern has a soft spot for those with a master’s degree. The number of first year enrollees with the advanced degree has increased even discounting the top two schools, which account for 20% of those enrolled. Notice that there are barely over a handful of schools that do not have enrollees with an MS or doctorate.


ADEA GoDental DenTube

The American Dental Education gives a voice to dental students through

GoDental is the official web resource for up-to-date and cutting-edge information for people on the pathway to dental education and exciting oral health careers. This site offers an interactive experience for social networking, joining a community, and engaging in dialogue. GoDental’s mission is to guide students through the amazing experience of becoming a dentist, providing information directly from dental professionals. While other websites use information from third parties and volunteers, GoDental comes straight from the source. GoDental is sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the voice of dental education!

ADEA Video Mentors

Thinking about going to dental school? What does it take? What are the rewards of dentistry… of becoming a dental educator…of making a difference in health care? Explore these questions and more, here on ADEAVideoMentors.

DAT Study:

DAT Question of the Day

We provide free, high-quality DAT questions to strengthen the skills that lead to success on the DAT. We also provide information about the test and the most effective study strategies to dominate the DAT exam. Sign up for their email to receive a free DAT question every day.

DAT Bootcamp

Free online DAT practice exams spanning all 6 subjects. No books or software. Detailed answer explanations. Instant score analysis. Thorough strategy explanations. Timed tests. First test FREE! One of the best resources for the DAT.


Source For DAT & Pre-Dental Education Information

DAT Self Assessment Modules

Modules to help you identify weak spots in your understanding of DAT material

8 Week Study Guide by dentalWorks on Student Doctor Network

This is based on the following resources:
-Kaplan blue book (KBB) (2009-2010 version)
-Cliff’s AP biology (3rd edition from 2007)
-DAT destroyer (2010 version)
-MATH destroyer (2010 version ~ I believe it has 11 tests)
-Crack DAT PAT software (the 10 test version)
-Chads chemistry and math videos (Optional)

Please understand that this is JUST A GUIDELINE, no one has to follow it 100%, there is no guarantee that you will score a high or low score by following it. Its mostly designed for those new folks around SDN who don’t really know how or where to start studying for the DAT. This is my strategy, and I believe it will serve many.

Top used DAT study resources:

  • PAT
    • Crack DAT PAT
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    • MATH Destroyer/DAT Destroyer
  • Reading
    • Crack DAT Reading/DAT Achiever
  • Organic Chemistry
    • DAT Destroyer/Chad’s Videos
  • General Chemistry
    • DAT Destroyer/Chad’s Videos
  • Biology
    • DAT Destroyer/Cliffnotes AP
DAT Information (ADA)
Page includes information about DAT topics, registration & scheduling, and practice test material.


Dental Program Field Clinics

With our dental program, you get an interactive shadowing experience helping patients as you learn basic dental techniques. Instead of just shadowing local dentists, we are going to really put you to work to assist with various procedures. You don’t just shadow the local dentist, you also have a great responsibility helping to educate and motivate patients toward better health while actively participating in the on-site clinic administration.

Dental Jobs (Volunteering)

A great search engine with volunteer opportunities related to the field of dentistry

HealthCare Volunteer

 Empowering Individuals to Make an Impact on Global Health

Free Dental Care

Free Dental Care is a user contributed database of nationwide dental clinics that offer any type of oral hygiene services for dental work.


A volunteering search engine for volunteer opportunities in your community.


Student Doctor Network

 Widely popular Pre-Dental Forums for discussions and help

Official Dental School Statistics:

Survey of Dental Education Series

Annual survey of all predoctoral dental education programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Reports in the series include general information, student and graduate data, curriculum, and financial management of dental schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

ADEA Surveys & Reports

Access reliable, objective data and analysis from the American Dental Education Association. Information compiled from Applicants and Enrollees, Dental School Seniors, Dental School Faculty, Clinic Fees and Revenue.

Official Dental Websites:

ADEA GoDental

GoDental is the official web resource for up-to-date and cutting-edge information for people on the pathway to dental education and exciting oral health careers. This site offers an interactive experience for social networking, community development, and engaging in dialogue.

GoDental’s mission is to guide students through the amazing experience of becoming a dentist, providing information directly from dental professionals. While other websites use information from third parties and volunteers, GoDental comes straight from the source. GoDental is sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the voice of dental education!

ADEA AADSAS (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service)

ADEA AADSAS is available to all students applying to participating dental schools that participate in the application service. ADEA AADSAS simplifies the application process by providing one standardized form, relieving students of the need to complete multiple applications. Dental schools benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants. ADEA AADSAS serves only as an information clearinghouse and does not influence the dental schools appraisal or selection of applicants. Each dental school has the right to request supplemental information from applicants.

ASDA (American Student Dental Association)

ASDA exists to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. We are committed to achieving the ambitious goals of our strategic plan and developing great leaders in dentistry.

ADA (American Dental Association)

Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public. The ADA’s vision is to be the recognized leader on oral health with its mission to help all members succeed.

American Association of Public Health Dentistry

Founded in 1937, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) provides a focus for meeting the challenge to improve oral health. AAPHD membership is open to all individuals concerned with improving the oral health of the public.

ADEA (American Dental Education Association)

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public.

Continuing Education for Dental Assistants:

Academy of Dental Learning

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Online Dental Continuing Education Courses is the premier provider of online dental continuing education courses. We are an ADA CERP and Dental Board of California Recognized Provider offering many dental continuing education online courses that fulfill license renewal requirements across the United States.

Information about dental conditions, treatments and procedures is a website that provides illustrated information for consumers covering a wide spectrum of dental topics. Our website’s number one goal is helping people understand the basics associated with dental issues.


THE NEXT DDS is a unique website developed just for dental students! THE NEXT DDS contains a wide array of instructional resources designed to complement your university and clinical training. It’s simple–browse and save content, share valuable feedback, and communicate with other dental students in your university and around the nation. You can access THE NEXT DDS through your desktop, laptop, or smart phone and, as an active dental student, your enrollment is completely FREE!

Career Information:

Dental Occupation Outlook

Bureau of Labor Statistics summarizing the occupation of a dentist, salary, and forecasts the future need.

Forensic Dentistry Information

Forensic dentistry or forensic odontology is the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence, which will be then presented in the interest of justice. The evidence that may be derived from teeth, is the age (in children) and identification of the person to whom the teeth belong.

Army Medicine (AMEDD)

 Pursue a successful career in your chosen health care field while leading a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle. is a free, member-driven Web site dedicated to general dentists, specialists, and other dental professionals. DrBicuspid’s goal is to deliver useful, trustworthy, and relevant news, features, columns, and more that will help you make your practice better, faster, smoother, and more profitable.

SmileTrain Virtual Surgery Simulator

The Smile Train Virtual Surgery Simulator provides surgeons around the world with next generation surgical training technology for learning surgical techniques in cleft lip and palate repair. Through leveraging state-of-the-art technology, Smile Train and BioDigital aim to change the world, one smile at a time.

Dental Glossary of Terms / Archived Glossary

Comprehensive glossary of dental terms. This is a great list to review after a day of shadowing!

Dental Blogs:

Mouthing Off

This blog is intended for anyone with an interest in a career in the field of dentistry or currently enrolled in dental school. We will incorporate issues related to dentistry and student life into our posts, and we hope to engage our readers in an ongoing conversation.


BrushorDie is based on one simple truth:  Dentistry should be fun. We are the unique mix of professionalism and levity that much of the next generation of dentists embodies. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to get the full experience!


A blog aimed towards becoming a successful dentist including tips about leadership, Social media/marketing, speaking/presenting, and more.

Top Ten Nation

Rankings, Tips, Advice. This is Dental School Nation.

DAT Breakdown Blog

An amazing blog that has covered many topics of interest in depth.

Major Kendall Mower – Army Dentist Blog

Comprehensive Dentist (Jack of All Trades).  Recently returned from deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

How to Become a Dentist Blog

This website is designed to teach you everything you need to know about entering the field of dentistry. Really after this website you should have answers to three questions, 1) If you should become a dentist, 2) How you can become a dentist, 3) How you can be successful as a dentist?



Tumblr blog where people post funny dental school GIFs

Dental Jokes from Student Doctor Network 

A collection of dental jokes put together by members of Student Doctor Network