Are you someone who brushes your teeth not once, nor twice, but three times a day? Were you a top scorer on all your Science subjects? Most importantly, are you obsessed with getting pearly white teeth and often bully other people into cleaning theirs?
If this is you, then a course in Dentistry might be the answer to your teeth-specific passion!
Dentistry involves the treatment and restoration of oral health through the prevention of cavities and oral disease through proper dental care and regular checkups. These checkups not only help to prevent oral disease, but also prevents additional health problems as oral infections may be symptoms of systemic diseases like diabetes or cancer.
Oral health is not only limited to your teeth. It can give you clues on your overall health, as ongoing inflammation in your mouth can lead to inflammation in other parts of your body as well.
In Dentistry, you can choose to be either a General Practitioner (GP) or Dental Specialist. A General Practitioner works as a general dentist that provides services on the general maintenance of oral hygiene and health. On the other hand, Dental Specialists have in-depth knowledge in a particular field of dentistry.
The major fields of dentistry specializations are:
This field specializes in the surgery of the face, mouth and jaws and is recognized as an international surgical specialty. To be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, you need to undergo training in dentistry, surgery and general medicine as this specialization requires both medical and dental degrees.
Orthodontics is a specialty that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. It is commonly referred to as wearing braces, which is a popular method to treat misaligned teeth.
Restorative Dentistry involves the procedures dentists perform to keep your mouth clean for healthy teeth development. These include putting in dental implants, dentures, and fillings. These procedures can be performed by a general practitioner dentist without additional certification.
Periodontology is the study of the soft tissues and surrounding bone that support your teeth. They tend to issues related to bleeding, swollen gums, loose teeth and jaw pain.
Pediatric Dentistry specializes in the oral health of children from infancy to teen years. They provide dental care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout their childhood. To be a pediatric dentist, residency training in dentistry is needed in addition to a dentistry degree.
A degree in Dentistry 5 years long and is divided into two parts of study. The first part, which takes 2 to 2.5 years, will introduce you to the basics of medical sciences, such as anatomy biochemistry, medical microbiology, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. This will give you a good understanding of the structure and function of the human body and how it relates to Dentistry.
The second part of your degree requires you to have clinical training at teaching hospitals or clinics. This will advance your knowledge and teach you how to have initial contact with patients and conduct the steps of treatment.
Some subjects you’ll study in dentistry are:
Just like a doctor, a dentist helps people by relieving pain, caring for their dental hygiene and performing surgery to fix their teeth. If you enjoy making people happy and healthy again without pain, then Dentistry could be the course for you!
If you’re interested in the science of how the human body works, then a degree in dentistry will expose you to just that. You’ll learn specific intricacies of the human mouth and how oral health works in tandem with other parts of the human body.
The great thing about a dentistry degree are the skills that work on an international scale. While language, laws and policies differ across countries, people’s teeth work the same all around the world. After graduation, you’ll be employable wherever you are!
A dentistry degree does not limit your job opportunities to just a dentist. On the other hand, there are many career options for dentistry, such as:
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