Career as a Dentist


A Dentist is a physician whose practice is in the field of Dentistry. This involves the mouth, teeth, gums and related areas. Some studies have shown that diseases relating to the teeth and gums can be indicative or indicators of some health issues. The health of the mouth is essential to the general overall health of the body and a dentist will encourage and assist their patients in maintaining a healthy mouth by regular cleaning and check-ups.

A Dentist performs many important duties in the maintenance of oral health. Check-ups are a major part of the job and are important for patients keeping on top of their oral care. In addition to general check-ups, general dentistry involves basic treatments that can be done at a regular dental office. Such procedures might include filling a tooth, performing a minor surgical procedure such as a tooth extraction, and cleaning and polishing teeth. A dentist will encourage patients to practice good dental care by brushing and flossing and getting regular cleanings as these good habits can help prevent cavities and other tooth and gum diseases.

Within Dentistry, there are specific specialties which require further training, creating expertise in a particular area. examples of specialties include Endodontics, Orthodontics, Paediatric etc. The task of a dentist are diagnosing, treating and providing preventative and restorative care for problems that affect their patients' mouths and teeth. As a dentist, typically be examining the dental and oral hygiene of patients, and either offering advice, or carrying out surgeries. Other tasks may include operating technical equipment such as X-ray machines, keeping accurate records of patients’ dental structure, keeping up-to-date with developments in dentistry. They also need to work with a medical nurse and a medical receptionist and continuing training and specializing.

A Dentist's duties and responsibilities typically includes to patient education regarding best oral health habits, satisfactory and timely (same-day) treatment, cleaning and repairing teeth, extracting teeth when necessary, fitting crowns and administering anesthesia prior to dental procedures. They also lead dental staff in patient care and referring patients to specialists when required.

Work Environment

The workplace tends to be a dental office or dental hospital and the environments tend to be typical clinical environments clean and sterile and working with the same professionals every day. The variation will be in the patients and interaction with different people every day. As all towns and cities require dental offices, it should be possible for a dentist to find a workplace within easy commuting distance.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS), Master of Dentistry (MDent).
  • Doctoral Degree in Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

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