Army Dentist – Career Spotlight

My name is Captain Ryan Romero and I’m an
Army dentist. It’s our job to make sure that everyone
gets an exam every year and we have to make sure that everybody’s dentally fit. If they
have any issues dentally, we have to take care of those before they deploy. A deployment
is any type of mission where the patient or the service member has to go overseas, and
basically stop everything they’re doing and help with a mission. My day typically starts with exam and sick
call. Anything [any person] that walks in the door, from exams to people in severe tooth
pain. Some of the things that I like to do are root canals and crowns and bridges A root canal is sometimes needed when somebody
has a large cavity that’s real close to the nerve and the bacteria has gotten into
the nerve and caused pain. So in order to save the tooth, you have to do what’s called
a root canal. My first job was to be a dental assistant.
So I was actually on the other side of the chair helping the dentist. So I enjoyed it
so much that I decided to pursue a career in Army dentistry. I would encourage that they [kids] get really
good grades in school. Focus on math and science, for the most part. And another thing I’d
suggest is maybe taking an art class. It helps build a foundation for using their hands and
that’s something that’s a very important aspect of dentistry, being comfortable working
with your hands. It gives them a keen eye for detail. With working with such a small
field [area], you really have to pay attention to detail. These are my Dental Loupes that I use to help
magnify my field of vision. So basically every time I work I wear these so I can tell exactly
what I’m looking at and how far down I need to go. My advice for kids would be, first and foremost
a healthy diet. Believe it or not a healthy diet can really go a long way to keeping your
teeth cavity free. I would encourage making smart decisions for snacking and incorporating
fruits and vegetables into the daily diet. Drinking plenty of water and brushing twice
a day for two minutes. And more importantly, they should probably keep up with their regular
check ups with their family dentist. Narrrator: To find out more about becoming
a dentist, visit Take the Smile Style Challenge and learn about
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