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What is the Difference Between a DDS and DMD Degree

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dental dds dmd degreeAccording to the American Dental Association(ADA) specifications, in the United States, dentists earn either a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D.(Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. There is no difference in the training for either degree. The degrees are equivalent, and recognized equally by all state boards of dentistry. There are 56 Accredited Dental schools in the United States requiring a total of 8 years of college education- 4 years of undergraduate study with an additional 4 years of post graduate study. Of the accredited 56 schools, 24 award a DMD degree, while the other 34 award DDS degrees. While we each hold different degrees, we both carry the same certifications and continued education to provide the best possible service to all of our patients.

Fun Trivia Fact: Harvard was the first dental school to award the DMD degree, in 1871. Harvard awards all it’s graduates with a Latin degree, thus coining, “Dentariae Medicinae Doctor”, the DMD degree.

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