BECOMING A DENTIST

 

QUESTION: What do dentists do?

ANSWER: Dentists are those (Doctors) who take care of diseases and conditions affecting mouth, jaws, teeth, and their supporting

QUESTION: What does it take to be a dentist?

ANSWER: offering science subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Biology as, well as Mathematics English. You must have a minimum of credit pass in these subjects in the SSCE or NECO. You are also - expected to pass the JAMB examination as well as meet the cutoff point of the University that you have chosen. One is also expected to pass the newly introduced Post-JAMB examination. It is after having done well in all of these that one can be admitted to study Dentistry. You must also note that Dentistry is studied only in the Universities.

QUESTION: HOW MANY YEARS ARE NEEDED TO STUDY DENTISTRY IN THE UNIVERSITY?

ANSWER: Usually six years: one year of basic knowledge in all the pure sciences like Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics followed by five years in the Medical/Dental school of the institution.

QUESTION: AFTER GRADUATION WHAT NEXT?

ANSWER: One is expected to do a compulsory internship at any establishment approved the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, followed by another I year of youth service (NYSC). This qualifies you for full registration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria as a Medical and Dental practitioner. You are also required to pay an annual practicing license fee to the body.

QUESTION: WHAT FURTHER EDUCATION PATH CAN BE TAKEN ASA DENTIST?

ANSWER: One could go into any of the following subdiscipline: Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, Oral pathology, preventive and community Dentistry, (Oral medicine, Periodontology, Dental Public Health), Paediatric Dentistry (Paedodontics), orthodontics, restorative dentistry (prosthetic and conservative dentistry), General dental practice, forensic dentistry, dental radiology, etc. A number of these sub-disciplines can be obtained as maters degree and then degrees.

QUESTION: WHAT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR DENTISTS?

ANSWER: There are different field of specialties open to Pharmacists: (1) Working as a dental practitioner or specialist in a specialist Hospital or dental clinic. (2) Setting up ones independent or private practice (3) working as an Academicians (4) Working as an administrator. (5) Working as a consultant in a dental public health centre.(6) Working with criminologists at criminal investigation departments. (7) Working with agencies or ministries as a dental health educationist, dental statistician and epidemiologist etc.

QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN THE PROFESSION?

ANSWER: There are a lot of challenges facing Dentists or Dental practice in Nigeria. Some of them are the following; (1) Poor remuneration. (2) Most Dental clinics in the country are lacking in terms of modern facilities. (3) setting up ones private clinic is highly expensive. (4) Quackery i.e. some people practice this profession but are not qualified to do so.

QUESTION: WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG ONES?

ANSWER: To be resolute, determined, hardworking and prayerful. Dentistry is a very noble profession and the society is in need of a lot of them. Don’t be discouraged about the lengthy years of study or high grade requirement for admission.

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

 

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