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Dental Science
Dental Science deals with all health problems afflicting the mouth, the teeth, the gums and the other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. It is a rapidly changing field creating many opportunities and challenges. It also includes cosmetology where the dentists try to improve the patients' appearance by using a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures. Some of the specialization areas of dentistry are as follows.

• Orthodontics deals with straightening and aligning teeth and jaws
• Periodontics specializes in the care of gums and the diseases that might afflict them
• Operative Dentistry or Endodontics for root canal jobs, fillings and cosmetic surgery
• Prosthodontics involves the making of artificial teeth
• Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery deals specifically with operations on the mouth and jaw
• Pediatric Dentistry for treating children
• Oral Pathology provides the diagnosis for diseases that affect the mouth


The candidates who have passed 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, with at least 50% marks are eligible for admission in the Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) course. The All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Exam conducted by the CBSE is common for both the MBBS and the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS).

The candidate willing to be a dentist must have patience, stamina to work hard for long periods, good health, cool temperament, strong interpersonal skills, concentration power, manual dexterity and accuracy along with a keen eye for detail.

Job Scope and Career Options

There are excellent employment opportunities available for dentists in dental departments in hospitals, nursing homes, dental clinics and health departments as well as teaching departments in dental colleges. Also, the dentists can work in the Research and Advisory functions of a pharmaceutical and other companies producing oral care products and medicines like toothpaste, mouth wash, gum care products, etc. Many dentists also prefer a self-employment which is also a promising avenue.

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