If your parents have taken you to a dentist’s office, you might have been scared! But, don’t worry, they are one of the most delicate of doctors

A dentist is an oral healthcare doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions that can range from routine to extremely complex oral conditions.


Dentistry is a career that provides ample rewards, challenges as well as opportunities to help people’s well-being and make communities healthier. Although every medical profession is complex and stressful but the joy of impacting a person`s life by creating a beautiful, healthy smile is one of the intangible rewards of being a dentist.

Dentists can work as self-employed sole proprietors or in partnership with other dentists, or as employees of organizations such as hospitals and research facilities.

Some dentists even get a chance to work for reputed organizations such as the World Health Organization, giving them the opportunity to treat individuals in need of dental care in impoverished and distressed nations around the world.

Here are some of the daily activities of a Dentist

  • Collecting and reviewing test reports of patients

  • Perform initial scans on patients to determine the cause of pain

  • Performing dental procedures

  • Creating models of dental structures for transplants

There are many types of Dentists. Let us look at some of the more prominent ones and what they do:

  • Pediatric Dentist: They specialize in the treatment of dental problems of children

  • General Dentist: A general dentist looks after oral problems of all people irrespective of age

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: They specialize in treating problems in the mouth and surrounding regions

  • Endodontics: These dentists specialize in treatment of the tooth pulp

  • Orthodontics: They correct problems caused by misalignment of the teeth or jaws of a patient

  • Periodontics: These dentists deal with the structure of and its overall well-being

  • Prosthodontics: These dentists specialize in providing prosthetic treatment of injured teeth or oral problems

You might think, "How can one become a qualified Dentist in India?"

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is a 5 year dentistry course in India, which includes 4 years of study and one year of internship. The Dental Council of India regulates the dental education in India.

Students can appear for the entrance exam organized at national or university levels. NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is mostly considered for providing admission to BDS courses. After graduation, candidates may pursue a post-graduation in Master of Dental Surgery (MDS).

Now, let’s look at a famous Dentist and his notable work:

Dr. Pierre Fauchard is a well known Dentist. He was a French physician recognized as the ‘Father of Modern Dentistry’. Fauchard was called ‘the surgical dentist’ because of his innovative ways of treatment.

He made remarkable improvisations of dental instruments and introduced dental fillings for cavities. He wrote the book "Le Chirurgien Dentiste" (roughly translated as "The Surgical Dentist")

Dr. Pierre Fauchard, considered as the "Father of Modern Dentistry"


Sources & Links:

How to Develop Your Career in Dentistry By Janine Brooks

The Regulation of the Dental Profession by the General Dental Council By Nairn Wilson, Stanley Gelbier

Fauchard Organization