I hope that with these few words, I can give many children and teenagers the desire to embrace the career of dentist.
Today, we know that poor dental hygiene can affect one’s general health condition. Poor dental hygiene can cause not only pain, but it can also bring about infections, and it can even lead to further complications in persons who are already suffering from health problems, such as elderly people, diabetics, heart patients, etc.
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Dental problems may also affect social relationships (because of speech problems, difficulty eating, etc.) and it may impact self-image.
The profession of dentist plays therefore an important role in the general well-being of patients.
A mixture between medical procedure and artist-like thoroughness
The dentist also performs surgery in order to rebuild, correct, restore or improve aesthetics.
Aside from the scientific aspect proper of dentistry, the profession of dentist involves as well a certain “artistic” dimension. It is a form of craftsmanship that requires thoroughness and precision, for instance in whitening the dentition or in realigning a jaw. The dentist must possess a good perception of space and perfect manual dexterity.
This profession also consists in educating people, and in preventing, diagnosing, and treating tooth and mouth diseases, in order to offer a most excellent health service to the community.
As a dentist, the practitioner is expected to:
- examine the patient’s mouth,
- repair and clean the teeth,
- perform oral surgery,
- design pontics and
- adjust prosthetics.
Many career possibilities
The profession of dentist offers numerous career opportunities in the private sector as well as in the public sector. The dentist can work in a private clinic as a general practitioner or as a dental specialist. The dentist’s practice is wide and diversified, sometimes involving making house calls. There is also a substantial administrative aspect that must be taken into account. There are some hospitals that have a dentistry department where the practitioner is responsible for all oral care, from simple testing procedures to emergency care following an accident or for medically compromised patients.
Other opportunities may be explored, such as being a pharmaceutical sales representative, doing dental research, practicing in humanitarian associations or in the army.
A multi-tasking occupation
The profession of dentist begins with prevention and can go so far as surgery. A dentist must be capable of making a diagnostic, perform examinations, and take the required radiographies for the implementation of a treatment.
New requests from patients have persuaded the profession to be concerned with aesthetic problems.
Before you consider becoming a dentist, you must have abilities for sciences and also show human qualities such as listening, patience, and communication abilities.
The medical procedures involved in this profession require:
- good eyesight,
- a great sense of responsibilities,
- a capacity to work as part of a team,
- great flexibility…
To exercise this profession, one must do teamwork, possess manual skills and be precise, as well as possess good manual dexterity.
A dentist must like people, sciences, and be innovative, since the practice is in constant technological evolution…
The professional must thus keep informed of the latest developments and seek to perfect his or her techniques.