Too bad this got a little too personal. I also think that making specific references to particular professors goes a little far on a public website like this as does asking for academic counseling advice. This website is not for that purpose. It's a website visited by college applicants, not parents who need addtional counseling advice for their now-nearly adult children. Since it's for general college-related questions, and this thread is really asking for personal advice of the type you'd get personally from advisors, alums perhaps, and professors, you can understand the problem. It's a little like asking about which professors to avoid or which courses not to take or which fraternity is best or other such issues . . .
All I can offer is the advice that once a student is responsble for themselves (and if they're not responsble enough by the time they are in college something is wrong somewhere), they should be able to find out answers for themselves. The idea that has become so common today that parenting is guiding your children step by step right through their college years seems very bizarre to someone who enjoyed the freedom to make his own future back in the 1960s -- at Colgate and elsewhere. I really suggest leaving the issue of dental school and what grades are needed and so forth up to your child and their advisor, and take the results as they happen.
A little tangental, perhaps, but somewhat relevant is the fact that I roomed with four
(yes 4) pre-meds when I was at Colgate, and every one of them was self-motivated, got answers to questions they needed answers to, studied hard, and was responsible themselves for applying to med school. All became successful doctors. The idea that one of their parents would have supervised them through Colgate would have seemed beyond strange. In fact, the maturity they achieved by being left alone -- as all of use were -- by their parents is the very thing that made them grow up so that they were ready for med school.
I also have to disagree with the poster above who counsels against Colgate for pre-meds and pre-dents. That seems misleading to me. For one thing, that person neglects to mention that top graduate schools use a mathematical formula to re-align GPA's for admission purposes. Schools known as high grading schools can thus be compared to schools which are tougher grading schools. Colgate is a tougher grading school. I think we all agree on that. So Colgate grads have their GPA's weighted by some (I don't know how many) graduate programs. Unless that has been entirely abandoned, that is, and why should it have been? No grad school, particulary med and dental schools wants to admit students who got easy A's from weaker schools.
In one version of this list (published some years ago in the Wall Street Journal) Colgate was ranked above most of the Ivy schools in terms of academic toughness and it's "curve," if we can call it that, was a good deal higher. Graduate schools looking at graduates of Colgate with a mixture of A's and B's know they are looking at very bright, hard-working students.
And I'm not even mentioning the ironic juxtaposition of Colgate and "dental" school, I'd like to point out. Best of luck even if you don't take my advice which is to worry less and let the qualities of your child come out through their own efforts.