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Q1. What is the nature of work Of a dentist ?
Q2.What is the Eligibility to become a Dentist ?
Q3.What are the personal attributes of Dentist ?
Q4.What are the job prospects of dentistry ?

Q1. What is the nature of work Of a dentist ?

A1.Dentistry is basically concerned with all health problems related to the mouth, teeth and gums. It includes dental care and correction. Surgical, medical and other forms of treatment are as much part of dentistry as they are with other medical branches. To an extent, dentistry includes cosmetology too, where corrective treatment is involved. For apart from the routine extraction of teeth, filling, fitting dentures, surgery of mouth , replacement of extracted teeth through surgery and cleaning a patientís mouth and teeth, the job also includes aligning and straightening teeth. Problems dealing with the jaw or any invasive oral procedure are usually undertaken by an oral surgeon. A significant part of a dentist's job involves educating patients about ways to preserve a healthy mouth, and the best dentists are skillful communicators.

Q2.What is the Eligibility to become a Dentist ?

A2.And now a look at the educational criteria one needs to satisfy to qualify for entrance to a basic degree course in dental science (Bachelor of Dental Science). One needs to have completed the twelfth standard examination with physics, chemistry, and biology. Admission to the graduate course is through a general, national level competitive examination. Allocation of institutions is generally based on merit. One also needs to remember that the academic study is for a period of four years and is followed by one year of rotating internship. Subjects such as basic anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and microbiology are covered in the first two years. Specialisation and hands on training are provided in the last two semesters. Specialisation includes Orthodontics, Periodontics, Oral pathology, Oral surgery, Operative dentistry and Prosthodontics. The postgraduate course in dentistry (Master of Dental Science) is of two yearsí duration and offers several specialities too.

Q3.What are the personal attributes of Dentist ?

A3.As with all medical professions, personal characteristics required for this branch of study too begin with a basic compassion for people, the ability to keep oneself updated on development and skills all the time and to integrate the knowledge gleaned, an excellent memory, immense patience, an ability to empathise with the patients, a healthy mind and body, the drive and stamina - both physical and mental-, to put in long hours of study and work (remember a dentist may have to remaining standing for hours together), a scientific temper, craftsmanship and dexterity. Personal Attributes Required As with most medical professions, a keen eye for detail, comprehensive medical understanding, manual dexterity, and strong interpersonal skills are important. Besides these the Dentist must also possess empathy and patience.

Q4.What are the job prospects of dentistry ?

A4. One generally begins oneís career as an assistant to an established practitioner. While one learns the tricks of running a private practice, this beginnerís job often involves a lot of administrative work too. Later he or she rises to become a partner in the practice. Or, with enough experience, one could set up private practice, which is a very lucrative option. However, the initial investment in terms of equipment and space could be pretty stiff; besides, it takes time to attract patients. There are excellent opportunities in hospitals and dental institutions too. Teaching and research are other options. Remuneration The returns for a beginner with a graduate degree could begin around Rs. 6,000 (all included) at government hospitals and less under private practitioners, while postgraduates may begin at Rs. 7,000 upwards.

 

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