Becoming a Dentist

Dentistry is a 5 year university course and dental training and life as a dentist can be tough. Before you apply it is important that you are 100% sure that dentistry is the career for you. Below you will find the best ways to ensure that it is.

Work Experience
The best way to find out if you will enjoy the highs and lows of working as a dentist is to experience it for yourself. Work experience is vital and it is important that you head over to the work experience page for hints and tips on how to organise work experience near you and what to get out of both voluntary and clinical work experience.

Do Your Research
Before considering dentistry it is sensible to get as much information as possible.
Know What You Want This can be difficult but it is worth sitting down and thinking about what you enjoy and what you want from a job. Once you know this you can read about life as a dentist and make sure it fits in with your aspirations.
Read Up
There are a number of books designed to give you an insight into life as a dentist and also help you get into dental school.
Insider Tips Talk to current dental students as well as dentists themselves to get their opinions on the current landscape of training and working in dentistry.
Attend a Course Attending a dental experience course will give you an in depth insight into life as a dentist and cover lots of information in a short space of time.
Read Our Infographic The below infographic summarises the core information about applying to dental school in the UK (zoom in with your browser to get a good look).