To become a Dentist you will have a keen interest in the Sciences, be degree educated and have passed a BDS degree (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) to be able to operate as a Dentist.
As a Dentist, you will need to have an interest in Oral health and the to be able to look at patients teeth and gums and diagnose any problems and how to resolve these problems.
Dentists either work privately for a private practice or self employed status of they can work for the NHS doing dentistry either in practice or in a hospital setting.
Being a Dentist is very complex so you will need an excellent understanding and knowledge base of treatments so that you can explain these well to patients with little or no understanding of treatments, procedures or indeed what they should be doing.
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As a Dentist you would look at patient’s teeth and gums and perform treatments such as filings, crowns and bridges, dentures, teeth cleaning and whitening, maybe even specialist procedures such as veneers. You will have to be an expert of the equipment a dentist uses including giving x rays and the procedures you need to follow. Dealing with hygiene is very important as a Dentist ensuring that all equipment is properly sterilised at all times.
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You will need excellent communication skills for this role as you will need to put your patients at ease as some people are afraid of going to the Dentist and therefore you need to be able to explain carefully what is happening and what they can expect etc. This especially applies to dealing with young children who may need a tooth taking out and who will not necessarily understand what is happening to them.
Some example paragraphs which can be used within your letter:
After completing my training I am now looking to start my career as a Dentist and would be interested in working for your practice. I always wanted to be a Dentist and have always had a keen interest in teeth and oral health and I feel that I have worked and studied very hard to fulfil my career dreams and am keen to continue learning to be good at my chosen career.
I feel that I have excellent concentration skills which is important for this role and excellent coordination. I have got good communication skills and during my training I spent a great deal of time working with young children and trying to put them at ease and explain what was happening to them which is always a difficult time as you do not want them to be upset and gain a fear for the rest of their lives.
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If you have found a position as a Dentist that you are looking to apply for, please see the below covering letter which you can use as a guide:
Dentist Cover Letter Example
Application for the role of Dentist (Job Reference if for NHS and known)
I would like to submit my CV in application for the role of Dentist which you have advertised in (where) and (when).
I qualified as a Dentist in (what year and from where and provide more details here eg: have you specialised, what training have you done as part of your education etc). (Have you done your work based training and if so please provide details here).
I enjoy working in a practice environment and feel that I will be able to put my skills and experiences to good use. I am a confident person with an easy going nature and get on well with other people. I like to work as part of a team but I am also able to work well and efficiently on my own accord.
I have enclosed my CV with this letter and my Dentistry qualifications for your consideration. I can provide 2 referees should you wish to speak to people who have worked with me in a professional manner previously.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and CV and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.