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Well most of the schools do prefer non traditional students so if you think dentistry is the career for you , you should definitely give it a try. You haven't mentioned your academic background but in order to pursue a 4 year DDS degree you need to have certain prerequisites. I have listed these for you:
. Required courses generally include:
8 hours Biology with lab
8 hours Physics
8 hours English
8 hours General Chemistry with lab
8 hours Organic Chemistry with lab
Majoring in science is not a must, but completion of predental science requirements is necessary.
A college undergraduate degree is recommended in preparation for dental school. Most dental students have completed four years of college.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
Take the DAT at least a year prior to seeking admission to dental school. This computerized test measures general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability. Completion of at least one year of college level courses in biology and general and organic chemistry is recommended before taking the DAT.
This information I have taken directly from American Dental Association(ADA).
Also I would suggest to go shadow or volunteer at a dental office near you to know if the career really interests you.
You do not want a career you do not enjoy and being stuck with several hundered thousand dollar debt would be another liability. So do your research and make a decision.All in all dentistry is a very rewarding profession and it takes a lot of hard work, patience,sense of empathy and manual dexterity skills to make it in this profession.
Hope this helps.