For those who may be considering going back to school for the additional years that it takes to become a specialist but are not sure which specialty would be right, I have the following observation…
As a Dental Specialist Recruiter, I have had a unique perspective on how the downturn in the economy has affected the different dental specialties. What is clear to me is that Pediatric Dentistry has not suffered to the extent of some of the other specialties. I guess it is the old adage “spare no expense for the child”. People have had to cut back on many health-related expenditures out of necessity but seem to find the resources to get their kids to the dentist. These kids and, for the most part, Pediatric Dentists, are doing well.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for all children. The lack of both resources and available Pediatric Dentists results in many less advantaged children not having access to adequate dental care. This is especially true of many rural and otherwise economically challenged areas.
So, my observations are showing that, in a down economy, Pediatric Dentists are, for the most part, staying very busy and doing very well financially. There is, and will continue to be, a great demand and need for more Pediatric Dentists. This would be a great specialty to explore if you think you have what it takes to be a good Pediatric Dentist.
What does it take to be a good Pediatric Dentist? In short, it takes a person who is able to empathize with their young patients recognizing the fear and anxiety that they experience. They must be able to calm that anxiety and build the trust and rapport that will allow them to successfully treat their young patients. Not just anyone can do this. For additional insight into what it takes to be a good Pediatric Dentist, please take a look at this article in Dental Health Magazine: http://worldental.org/dentists/best-pediatric-dentist/652/.
The need is there; the rewards, great. The missing variable could be you!