dentalDentistry is one of the most desirable professions today. This career offers high wages and flexible
work schedule. One also gets the opportunity to be one’s own boss if one chooses to start own practice. What’s more, dental care is a growing industry because one will never miss anyone who has not had problems with their teeth.

India is a hot destination to get that perfect smile at a friction of cost compared to many parts of the
world. With an increasing awareness of oral health and the introduction of new fields like oral pathology (diagnosis for diseases that affect the mouth), periodontics (care of gums and the diseases that might afflict them) and orthodontics (straightening and aligning teeth and jaws) have all enhanced the scope in this field.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

BDS is a 5-years course, which
includes one-year compulsory rotating internship programme and minimum 240 days of teaching in each academic year. During this period, students shall be required to have engaged in full time study at a dental college, where he/she admitted. Dental college should either be recognised or
approved from the Dental Council of India / Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

BDS Admission Eligibility

Candidate must complete the age of 17 years on or before December 31 of the year of admission to BDS Course.

Candidate must have passed qualifying examination 10+2 or its equivalent  from any recognised Indian board of study. Candidate must have passed 10+2 examination with Science subjects with Physics, Chemistry, Biology with at least (50% marks for general category candidates and 40% marks for the candidates belonging SC/ST/OBC category) taken together and also passed in English as a
compulsory subject.

Master of Dental Surgery (MDS)

MDS is a 3-years post-graduate dental course offered by limited Dental Colleges in India with limited seat. MDS admission 2016 has been started. Lowest MDS Package @ Rs 10 Lakh.

There are 9 Branches of Study in MDS:
1. Prosthodontics & Crown and Bridge
2. Periodontology
3. Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
4. Oral Medicine & Radiology
5. Conservative Dentistry
6. Orall & Maxillofacial Surgery
7. Oral Pathology & Microbiology
8. Paediatrics & Preventive Dentistry
9. Public Health Dentistry

MDS Admission Eligibility

A candidate must passes final BDS examination from a recognized Dental
College, included in the schedule of the Indian Dental Council Act, 1948 and who has obtained final registration either from the Dental Council of India or from any State Dental Council, after completing one year compulsory rotatory internship.

Last Date of Admission:

As per the orders of Government of India, all BDS admissions in all dental colleges of the country, must be completed by30th September every year. No admission(s) shall be made beyond 30th September. No mid-term admission is allowed in any case.

Why should we study BDS?

Do You Know India has less than 1 (0.8) Dentist per 10000 population and 6.5 physicians per 10000
population. 1. If you compare with MBBS, BDS is most cost effective and lucrative career than MBBS. BDS cost is 1/6th of MBBS cost in Private Colleges.

2. MBBS is a general subject only, for specilisation you have to do MD, which is outperfomer cost to
middle class family. BDS is a specialisation subject from day
one related to Dental only.

3. Abroad MBBS (like MBBS in China / Russia etc ) is a more dilemma, because look after how
many students have passed MCI screening test after completion of abroad MBBS? If you does not qualify then this MBBS degree is void in India.

4. As a Dentist, one can start career or private practice after passing
out immediately without doing MDS.

5. Most of Colleges BDS Packages in India is between Rs 10 Lac – 15 Lakh.

Dentist Career

Dentistry, a lucrative profession, is concerned with all health problems afflicting the mouth, teeth, gums and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. It is accepted as a professional
field, which includes dental care and correction. Dentists help people maintain their health and appearance. Dentistry is changing rapidly, creating many opportunities and challenges.
To an extent, it includes cosmetology where corrective treatment is involved. Dentists improve patients’ appearance by using a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures. These days, dentists are assuming very important roles in the whole healthcare system. With an increasing awareness of the importance of oral health and the introduction of new fields like periodontics (care of gums and the diseases that might afflict them), oral pathology (diagnosis for diseases that affect the mouth) and
orthodontics (straightening and aligning teeth and jaws) have all enhanced the scope of this field.

What Do Dentist Do?

Dentists take the bite out of dental problems by making sure our teeth and gums are healthy, clean, and disease-free. More specifically, they remove decay, fill cavities, examine xrays,
straighten crooked teeth and repair fractured ones.

They also do corrective surgery on gums and the supporting bones to treat gum diseases. When necessary, they extract teeth and make models and measurements for the bridges,  dentures, and implants that will replace them. They also administer anesthetics and write prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications.

Specific tasks include:
Designing treatments plans for patients’ gums and teeth / Giving anesthetics / Finding and filling cavities / Treating diseased gums / Removing teeth which are beyond treatment / Replacing missing teeth / Fitting and providing prostheses like bridges and dentures / Cleaning teeth / Teaching preventive care / Supervising hygienists and assistants / Running the business of the dental

Dental Specializations

dentist• Orthodontists Prevent, diagnose, and correct irregularities in the positions of teeth by applying
braces and removing teeth
• Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform surgery on the mouth and jaws to remove teeth, tumors,
and other abnormal growths, or to correct abnormalities in the jaw or other oral bone structures
• Periodontists treat gum disease
• Prosthodontists make artificial teeth or dentures and correct deformations of the mouth and jaws
• Pediatric dentists specialize in children’s dental problems
• Endodontists examine, diagnose, and treat diseases of nerve & other dental tissues
• Public health dentists promote good dental health and prevent dental diseases within the community
• Oral pathologists study oral

BDS Job Prospects & Career Options

Excellent employment opportunities are available for dentists in dental departments in hospitals, nursing homes, dental clinics and health departments as well as teaching departments in dental colleges. Apart from this, dentists could also work in the Research and Advisory functions of a pharmaceutical and other companies producing oral care products and medicines like toothpaste, mouth wash, gum care products, etc. Self-employment is also a promising avenue.
Govt. Salary for BDS: Rs 30000 – Rs 40000 per month
Govt. Salary for MDS: Rs 35000 – Rs 65000 Per month
Private Practice: Dentists can earn around Rs 1 Lakh– Rs 2 Lakh Per month within 1 or 2 years of opening their clinic.

Abroad Career Options: Also there has tremendous demand of BDS
graduate in foreign countries like European Union Countries, Australia, UK, USA, etc.