How to Become a Dentist

If you are looking for an exciting career which contributes to society and guarantees you a job which is both personally and professionally rewarding, being a dentist makes for a great option. Dentists are vital to our society and they help us not only ensure that we avoid any medical emergencies with our teeth, they also educate us on oral hygiene and help us to have the perfect smile that we are all looking for.

If this sounds like something you would like to do, we have put together a quick list on how you can become a dentist. I asked the Mid Glamorgan dentist which I visit for an idea of how to become a dentist, and here is what you need to do.

Degree

As far as education goes it is essential that you gain a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field, preferably biology. All dental schools and colleges have a requirement that you must have a high level of qualification in the sciences, as well as having a solid reputation in education in general. Once you have this degree, you can then go on to specialize in dentistry.

Volunteering

To support your claim to get into a dental school you should do as much as you can to prove that this is what you want to do, as well as showing that you have tried your best to learn a little before reaching dental school. A great way to do this is through volunteering in a dental practice for free, to gain vital experience and knowledge.

Dental School

Assuming you are successful in your application for dental school, you will need to study very hard in order to achieve the qualifications that you need to be a dentist in the future. Most of dental school will revolve around coursework, although there will be some exams along the way too. Dental school is not easy by any stretch of the imagination and you will need to knuckle down in order to get the best grade which you can, in order to give you the best chance of launching a career in dentistry, and becoming a great dentist.

Speciality

If you plan on specializing in a certain aspect of dentistry, this will be something that you study once you have completed dental school. For exams you may wish to specialize in pediatric dentistry, which will mean that you have to study for a further year solely in this field, whilst also working in a  dental practice or a hospital.

Jobs

Once qualified you will need to remain on the lookout for available positions in either private or public dental practices. Whilst you could certainly go it alone, it makes more sense at this stage of your career to focus on learning as much as you can about the business before you decide to set up your own practice.

 

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