How do I become a dentist?

You might find the field of dentistry interesting (I know I do!). You could be thinking about what it actually takes to become a dentist. Your life-long ambition could be to become a dentist. Well, this is definitely the place for you either way. Let’s dive into a general overview of what it actually takes to become a practicing dentist.

Being a dentist can be a very hands-on and rewards career. You are very likely to deal with a wide range of people on a day-to-day basis. In order to succeed, you need to take enjoyment from socialising, helping, and advising your patients. Patients look to dentists as a figure of knowledge, so you must always be as knowledgeable as possible in their time of need.


If you’ve got your heart set on beginning a career in dentistry, you’re in for a long road. Becoming a dentist is not an as easy feat. It takes an estimated 7 years to begin professionally practicing dentistry. This is usually comprised of 5 years, at minimum, studying at dental school. The follow up to this is usually 2 years having supervised practice. To begin at dental school, though, entry requirements are usually set at three A’s at A-level. You must be ready for this intense experience to achieve in the world of dentistry.

Necessary Skills

In order to complete your studies, you will need certain skills and personal qualities to achieve in the profession. Having a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and a range of oral diseases is a necessity among dentists. Therefore, it’s important for you to have an eagerness to learn and commit to this. You must also have a calming and personable approach to your work in order to put patients at ease. It will be your job to make patients feel comfortable, sympathise with them, and help them cope with their fears. Therefore, communication and understanding are key in the profession.

The General Dental Council (GDC)

And finally, once you’ve completed all areas of your studies, you must register with the GDC in order to practice dentistry professionally. It oversees and sets the standards for all dentists in the UK. Being a dentist never stops being a challenge. You will be constantly monitored during your career to make sure you are continuing professional development. This will include being tested on your technical knowledge, as dentistry is a field that is constantly evolving.

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