What is Dentistry?

Dentistry is the prestigious medical profession whose subspecialty is in dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases and disorders. Dentists thus place a strong emphasis on the health of the teeth and gums of their clients. Good oral hygiene and health is absolutely essential to human psychology and physical well-being, because the state of teeth affects human speech and expression. Once you have graduated from your long dentistry program, you would usually graduate with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).  Most standard dentistry courses last usually about 5 years.

Typically for a good course, AAA/A is the usual offer in some of the top universities around the world with requirements in A-Level Biology and Chemistry. In this course and as entrance requirements, grades do matter a lot. Dentistry is an academically demanding course. A-grades in Biology and Chemistry are a definite must. Not only are academic requirements high but many universities may also interview students in order to discern the cream of the crop.

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What does a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) cover?

Pursuing the Bachelor of Dental Surgery to become a dentist is an extremely demanding course. Undergraduates during their 5 years of study will begin with grasping the base of academic teaching within the field of biology and of the human body. After which students will learn to hone and develop their technical skills, along with the rapidly developing dental technologies. In the recent years, we have seen major improvements in dental technologies which are changing the way dentists handle the persistent issues of tooth decay and cosmetic concerns of the client.

Clinical work usually begins in the second year, with the first 2 semesters being spent on pre-clinical academic study with an emphasis on basic medical sciences. First year subjects typically include human anatomy, human physiology, biology and biochemistry to prepare the student academically for the dental work in the following years. Though academic work continues throughout the 5 years of study, students will develop their budding dentist skills post-freshman year. Clinical work starts with a tour and teaching in hospital and usually involves hands-on periods in community dental programs or practices. Students will get the chance (in the final years of study) for specialisations within the field of dentistry to deepen their knowledge, such as paediatric dentistry, dental prosthetics and dental radiography.


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Career prospects

After one to two years of on-job vocational training most dentistry graduates go on into actual dental practice, with either specialisations or a general practice. A small minority of these dental graduates will move on into academic dentistry which focuses mainly on new techniques or technologies to manage oral hygiene, hospital dental service, community dental practice or dentistry work in the armed forces.

Where can You Study Dentistry?

Some of the top choices for Dentistry in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide, are University of Manchester, King’s College London, University of Bristol  (Ranked 8th in the UK) and University of Sheffield (Ranked 12th in the UK) and University of Aberdeen (Ranked 14th in the UK). This list is not exhaustive, and all rankings rank how well each school is ranked for Dentistry only.


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