Dentist

Dentist


WOMAN: Good morning, Chris.
So, how was school today? Hi, Dr McKenzie. Yeah, it was OK. We are in the middle
of our exams at the moment. Oh, I see. Have you decided what you’re going
to do when you finish school? I have actually been thinking
about studying dentistry, but I’m not sure. What made you decide
to become a dentist? Well, when I was in school I really enjoyed hands-on activities
such as sports and arts so I knew I wanted to pursue a career
which was very practical. I didn’t realise it at the time, but those activities would help
improve my skills as a dentist because it’s a profession
which requires excellent hand-eye coordination, precise, detailed work
and attention to detail. Also, as well as being
scientifically minded, I have always enjoyed helping others and I have a sympathetic
and caring nature, which is vital
in the field of dentistry. You’re a great communicator,
Chris, which is an advantage because dentists have to be able to communicate effectively
with their patients. Oh, OK. So how long
did you study at uni? I completed a bachelor
of dental science, which took five years. I hear that entry to dentistry
is highly competitive. Yes, that’s right, Chris. Different universities have
different entry requirements, but some prerequisites may include Year 12 English, maths B,
and one of the sciences. So what sort of tasks do you complete
on an ordinary day? Procedures that I perform
vary slightly from day to day, but the most common procedures include examining all teeth
and oral soft tissue, preventative treatments such as removing scale, cleaning
teeth and applying fluoride, extracting teeth, filling teeth
damaged by decay or trauma, providing crowns
to help strengthen teeth and bridges to replace missing teeth, performing root canal
on teeth that have diseased roots, taking and analysing X-rays,
designing dentures. What about the working conditions? Exposure to potentially
infectious material is part of a dentist’s
work environment. Personal protective equipment including masks, protective eyewear, protective apparel and gloves
must be worn to help protect against
potentially infectious material such as blood, saliva and aerosols. Well, I hope that helped, Chris, but now we better
take a look in your mouth and give your teeth
a thorough check over.

Author: Kevin Mason

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