“Working in a healthcare profession can give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and give you perspective about your daily struggles.” Originally from Greece, Anna worked in an NHS dental practice after moving to the UK before moving to hospital-based roles. She’s also volunteered abroad, working as dentist with Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionDental practitioners diagnose dental and oral diseases, injuries and disorders, prescribe and administer treatment, recommend preventative action and, where necessary, refer the patient to a specialist.
QualificationsEntrants require an approved university degree and must have completed a period of postgraduate vocational training. Graduate entry to dental school is sometimes possible. Registration with the General Dental Council is a pre-requisite to practise. Specialist fields require further study and training.
- Examines patient’s teeth, gums and jaw, using dental and x-ray equipment, diagnoses dental conditions;
- Assesses and recommends treatment options to patients;
- Administers local anaesthetics;
- Carries out clinical treatments, restores teeth affected by decay etc., treats gum disease and other disorders;
- Constructs and fits braces, inlays, dentures and other appliances;
- Supervises patient’s progress and advises on preventative action;
- Educates patients on oral health care;
- Refers patient to specialist, where necessary;
- Maintains patients’ dental health records;
- Prepares and delivers lectures, undertakes research, and conducts and participates in clinical trials.