CAREER OPTION > Dentist
B.D.S. (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
Do you like working with your hands, helping people, and being creative? Well, then you can make a great dentist! Choosing dentistry for a career is a great idea because you can make a difference in your patient’s health and well-being. After all, a pretty smile of your patient, is in your hands. As a dentist, you can remove tooth decay, fill cavities and repair fractured teeth. The duty of a dentist is to diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gum, and other parts of the mouth. A dentist provides advice on how to take care of one’s teeth and gums, and provides information about diet choices that affect oral health.
Today, it is one of the most highly paid jobs in the country, and will be in greater demand in the near future. It is a profession that you can practice anytime, anywhere. All you need to have as an aspiring dentist is, high motive to put long hours and hard work to become successful. Besides, you should also be disciplined, patient, clean, and committed to doing your work precisely.
- The course to opt for to become a dentist is B.D.S (Bachelor of Dental Surgery).
- In order to get admissions for your B.D.S. course, you must have qualifying marks in your H.S.C. (10+2) examinations under a recognised board, with your main subjects as Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
- In certain institutions, a minimum of 60% marks in your H.S.C examinations are compulsory to clear the admissions procedure.
- Hard work, dedication and concentration are three main qualities you need as a dentist, since you are working with a very small and delicate area of the human body.
- You should possess the qualities of being good and friendly in communicating with your peers and colleagues when you work as a team.
How to become a dentist
STEP 1: In order start your career in dentistry, you have to attend medical entrance examinations and clear the same. An example is the CBSE PMT (Pre-medical test), conducted by the central board. It is a national level examination with two stages. They have objective type questions in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and also includes negative marking which makes it very competitive.
STEP 2: After clearing your entrance exams, you will be admitted into a suitable institution as per your rank and grades in the medical entrance test.
STEP 3: The course duration is for four years, where you get to cover topics like human physiology, materials used in dentistry, oral pathology and micro-biology, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery and human oral anatomy, physiology, histology and tooth morphology. After four years of studying the above subjects, you are successfully a professional dentist.
- Gandhi Dental College – Bhubaneshwar
- Al Azhar Dental College – Idukki
- Esic Dental College – Delhi
You can join a private hospital or clinic as a dentist or dental surgeon, after the completion of B.D.S. Apart from that, private practices can be conducted at home or in a personal clinic. With a boom in the healthcare sector, the dental profession has huge scope since personal and oral care is a major priority to majority of human beings.
A fresher’s starting income as a dentist ranges from Rs.25000 to Rs.30000 monthly. The highest paid skill associated with this job are oral surgery and prosthodontics. However, with both private practise and a permanent hospital job, you are likely to earn a fair amount as a dentist. The payroll is also likely to increase with better experience and quality of work.