Dentistry deals with the oral section of the body and focuses on the treatment and prevention of oral diseases. The sole purpose of all the dental courses, be it BDS or MDS is making sure that students grasp the practical knowledge of treatments.
BDS takes around 5-years to complete. That’s right; our mouth makes some students study for 5 years. BDS courses are the most widespread and the standard for attaining a dentist’s degree.
Some major concepts learned during dentistry are:
Principles of dentistry
Periodontics best practices
Pharmacology & dentistry
Dental Continuing Education (DCE)
Some courses can stronghold your position in the profession with consistent practice, surgeries and updating the clinical knowledge of the graduates. The degree of these courses could only be provided after working in a dental clinic or an academy. This type of academic line in the field of dentistry is known as Dental Continuing Education.
Meant to deliver quality services to patients, DCE is a rising trend as students are multiplying fast every year. There are many clinics and academies that provide these courses on a short-term basis.
Graduates could work in clinics and hospitals to get a glimpse of their future. The training mostly deals with public education, aesthetic improvements and disease detection. But before joining, one must look for some basic factors to verify the clinic’s authenticity. It’s because, similar to student multiplication, dental clinics are also on a rise. There would be a grave confusion about which clinic to join. So how do you verify the best dentist?
Things to Look For:
Check the faculty’s background
Check with other dentists who’d joined their courses
The clinic shall have a Quality certification given by the Quality Council
An online information (website, blog, reviews) must be there
Check the clinic settings which shall reflect a proper dental clinic
Look at how the clinic runs: it should maintain a certain hygienic standard, a work register, server-based information storage (not necessary); it shall be in a good location, must have co-operating employees etc.
Research and join the clinic only if you find it legal. There are a lot out there who just want to make some money.
Observe the patients if you can. See if they are happy with the faculty or coming back again and again with almost the same issues.
Added to this are some online courses provided which helps the practitioners enhance their knowledge. This is known as ‘dental distance learning’. Here, dedicated dental professionals share their experiences and expertise. Various formats are also available to access this education i.e. through images, pre-recorded videos, researched articles etc.
But there is just one drawback with this type of learning; you won’t be able to do anything in real like practicing the treatments or surgeries. After all virtual studies are different from authentic, real studies. So, if you really want to make the best of it, take a clinical course in a good dental clinic and join the online program. This would in a way be an excellent bonus for your skills.