WHY BE A DENTIST?
There are as many reasons to be a dentist as there are dentists. It is a career that provides plenty of rewards and challenges as well as an opportunity to help people and make communities healthier places.
People choose to become dentists because they can…
Restore the oral health and transform the lives of their patients.
Whether it is providing preventative care, delivering dental restorative procedures, eliminating pain or correcting dento-facial aesthetics, often, in a single visit, the dentist can experience the satisfaction, privilege and joy of positively transforming a patient’s life by restoring oral health.
Be independent in their careers.
Dentists have the opportunity to own their own businesses right after dental school. This gives them a lot of independence and allows them to set their own business and career goals.
Earn a good salary.
In 2014, the average net income for an independent private general practitioner who owned all or part of his or her practice was $183,340, and $344,740 for dental specialists, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute 2015 Survey of Dental Practitioners. Incomes vary across the country and depend on the type of practice.
Choose from a number of career options.
While 80% of dental school graduates go into private practice in general dentistry, the profession offers a wide range of clinical, research and academic opportunities to both new graduates and dentists at any stage of their careers.
Maintain a flexible lifestyle.
Because there are a number of different career and practice options in dentistry, practitioners can choose what kind of lifestyle they will lead and often what hours and days they will work.
Shape the future of oral health care.
In addition to clinical practice, the dentist can also contribute significantly to the future direction of oral health care by engaging in dental education and research. Dental educators have the ability to shape the dental school curriculum and the professional role of the dentist by establishing themselves as faculty members in dental education. As a dental researcher, the dentist uses the most advanced techniques and technologies and applies cutting-edge scientific findings to advance the profession forward by discovering new oral health phenomenon or seeking a resolution to a myriad of oral health issues.
Be respected members of their communities.
Dentists are highly regarded by the communities they serve for their contributions to the general health of the public as well as their drive to improve the lives of those around them.
Exercise creativity in their daily work.
Dentistry is often referred to as an art. It requires mastery and technique unique to the profession. Dentistry is largely based on maintaining proper oral health, but is also an aesthetically focused practice. A large part of dentistry involves restoring teeth and making a smile beautiful, one that the patient is happy to show to others.
Work as part of a team.
Although the dentist is often portrayed as the “lone practitioner,” in actuality, dentistry is a team-oriented profession. Whether it is the dental team (dental hygienist, assistant and lab technician) working together with the patient to ensure the restoration and maintenance of oral health, or the dentist’s role on an interprofessional team, working with other health professionals to improve overall health, the dentist receives much satisfaction as a primary team player.
Provide benevolent care to their communities.
With an annual income well above the national norm, combined with a flexible work schedule, the dentist is allowed the privilege and ability to provide oral health care to those communities and populations that desperately lack access and affordability.
General dentists provide the preventive services that all patients should receive on a regular basis, along with a range of basic restorative treatments.
What services are included under general dentistry?
What happens during a typical visit to a general dentist?
What is the fee for general dentistry services?
Our patients are charged a reasonable fee to cover up the operating costs and services of the clinic. In general, you can expect these fees to be lower than a private practice because we are a teaching clinic. However, you can have confidence that you are still being treated with the highest quality materials, techniques, and care.
PROPER WAYS OF BRUSHING THE TEETH
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile the ADA recommends you:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
The proper brushing technique is to:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete dental care routine. You should also make sure to:
- Clean between teeth daily with floss. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Studying Dentistry isn’t easy as what other people think. Some says that it’s just a piece of cake, but it isn’t. It’s very difficult to wake up early in the morning just to attend the class, also, it’s very difficult to cope up with your studies if ever you have a lot of trouble. It’s sad knowing that you fail in your major subjects even if you tried your very best, but all you have to do is to strive harder for you to pass. Strive harder and harder without knowing that you don’t have enough time to rest, and realizing that you need to work hard for the reason that you have to pay back to your parents. But out all of these sacrifices you’ve made, in the end, it is worth the wait.