TEETHING PROB­LEMS

BACH­E­LOR OF DEN­TAL SURGERY

India Today - - COVER STORY - By Arushi Thapa

From braces and fill­ings for choco­late-chomp­ing chil­dren to more in­va­sive pro­ce­dures for adults, den­tists have be­come a com­mon fea­ture in ur­ban liv­ing. The den­tal ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem has un­der­gone ma­jor changes over the past three decades. The fo­cus to­day is on oral pathol­ogy, oral medicine and max­illo­fa­cial surgery in the cur­ricu­lum of stom­a­tol­ogy den­tal schools. The bach­e­lor of den­tal surgery (BDS) course is spread over five years, of which four years en­tail class­room study and one year of com­pul­sory in­tern­ships.

CA­REER PROSPECTS BDS grad­u­ates can work as den­tal sur­geons, as­sis­tants, con­sul­tants, lab tech­ni­cians, ce­ramists or pro­fes­sion­als in the field of oral pathol­ogy in both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. On be­ing awarded the de­gree, grad­u­ates may also work as lec­tur­ers. An ex­pe­ri­enced den­tist usu­ally earns be­tween `40,000 and `1.5 lakh per month.

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