Why Choose A Career As A Dentist?

July 18, 2014

At your dental school interview, one of the questions you are almost 100% sure to be asked is, ‘Why dentistry? What made you choose this career?” It’s a question that stumps many applicants. If you have a clear vision about why you want to be a dentist but are finding it difficult to form a convincing answer, here are a few points that will help you put together a compelling argument in favour of your decision. 

With huge strides being made in the field of dentistry, this has become a rapidly evolving and expanding profession offering dental practitioners a wealth of opportunities, challenges and rewards.

As a Doctor of Dental Medicine, you will be part of the primary healthcare professions on the front line of wellness and disease prevention. Dentists are often the first health care professionals to identify and recognise a wide range of diseases, including hypertension and oral cancer. While the primary role of a dentist would be the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the teeth, gums and mouth, these oral problems often reveal other underlying health issues that may require further looking into by a specialist.

Dentists help patients improve their appearance and boost their self confidence by using a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures. Trauma surgery, tissue grafts, laser surgery or dental implants are just some of the procedures performed by dentists to help restore, repair or maintain teeth and oral tissues that have been damaged or lost due to diseases or accidents. These services can do much to make patients feel better about themselves and their smiles.

Dentists provide an important health care service and are highly respected within the community. The work a dentist does goes beyond the dentist chair as dental professionals teach their patients how to prevent disease and achieve oral health.

A dentist’s typical day is diverse and interesting as they interact with people across all ages, personalities and cultures. From computers to magnetic resonance imaging and more, dentists utilise the latest technology in diagnosing and treating patients so no two days are ever the same.

Dentistry provides a wealth of opportunities in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, public health, research, administration and teaching. This is a profession that allows you to be your own boss. As a dentist you can balance your professional and personal life to meet your personal needs and desires.

The demand for dental care has grown greatly over the past few years and it looks all set to continue growing with the increasing number of older adults who are looking to maintain a healthy set of teeth for longer. With the growing awareness of the importance of regular dental care, the need for specialised dental services such as cosmetic dental procedures and geriatric dental care has also increased manifold.

Last but not least, a career in this field is personally fulfilling. In helping people maintain their health and appearance, dentists perform an essential public service to help people. To serve the present and future oral health needs of their patients, dentists thrive on the challenge of a lifetime of learning. Tomorrow’s dentists can expect to be at the cutting edge of high technology, making the practice of dentistry even more rewarding and exciting than it is today.