What are the requirements for a dentist license?

As of 2010, the general requirements for a dentist license include the completion of two to four years of a formal dentist college program, in addition to performing a set amount of supervised post-graduate clinical hours. Licensed dentists must also pass a difficult state or regional examination. Individuals who are licensed can practice in any of the nine major dental specialities in all of the United States. Obtaining a dental license signifies that a dentist has completed the same if not more requirements of a medical doctor and may perform general dentistry procedures under industry and regionally approved guidelines. To maintain this license, dentists must obtain ongoing educational credits that keep their skills up to date.