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The dentistry profession offers a number of rewarding careers for those suitably qualified. The oral doctors of the health profession, dentists, provide a range of services to patients, such as fillings, extractions and x-rays. To work as a dental surgeon, it is necessary to have a BDS or BChD degree in dentistry and to be registered with the General Dental Council. Salaries are around £80,000, with earnings of up to £120,000 if self-employed
Patients are often referred to hygienists, who perform basic routine treatments such as scaling and polishing, as well as providing advice on oral care. Hygienists, who need either a foundation degree or a diploma, can expect to start on £20,700, with the potential of earning up to £39,000. Qualified dental nurses start on a lower range of £12,000 to £15,000, although they can increase their earnings by working in a hospital
For those with good practical skills, dental labs provide opportunities for technicians to design, build and repair dental devices. These behind-the-scenes positions require a degree, a foundation degree or a BTEC National Diploma and offer salaries from £21,200 to £40,000, with lab managers earning up to £67,000.

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Being a Dental professional means having job security and a flexible schedule. This industry incorporates dentists, therapists, hygienists, dental nurses, and technicians. All provide various services that are very essential. All positions are very rewarding in terms of remuneration and benefits.
The Dentist is the one who will diagnose a problem and recommend treatment, even conducting oral surgery. Nurses give support and Hygienists may help clients implement preventative measures. Therapists will do treatments and Technicians may manufacture braces, dentures or crowns.
A Dental professional usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Conducting oral surgery
• Removing patient teeth
• Filling cavities
• Teaching clients how to brush properly
• Taking oral x-rays
• Fitting patients with dentures, bridges or braces

Skills

• Advising and assisting clients
• Being careful and understanding
• Being committed and trustworthy
• Being dextrous and patient
• Being focused and motivating
• Being professional and kind
• Communication and listening
• Having good eye sight
• Information technology
• Multitasking
• Stress management and confidence
• Team work and relating to people

Education

Studying for five years is the requirement for becoming a Dentist and then one must proceed to being supervised for a couple more years. Dental Nurses may have nursing training and Hygienists have diplomas in their speciality. Therapists are required to study for no less than two years.
There are more than a dozen dental schools in the United Kingdom that offers quality training and certification. After completing their training, professionals must be certified by the General Dental Council (GDC).

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