Bachelor of Dental Science or Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is an undergraduate course in Dentistry. Duration of the course is 4 to 5 years offered in dental colleges. After completing this course successfully, the student is bequeathed with a dental degree. While following the course, you study about diverse aspects of dental discipline, which includes several forms of treatment such as surgical procedures. Some of the topics that are generally taught include dental anatomy, dental materials, oral histology, oral pathology, orthodontics, dental medicine &radiology, community dentistry, etc.
On successful completion of the course, you can work in the capacity of a dentist in private as well as government hospitals or set up your own private clinic. Besides being of service to the society, careers in the dental discipline are among the most rewarding options in modern times.
Admission in BDS:
To be eligible for the BDS course, one must qualify in 10+2 curriculum with Physics, Chemistry, Biology; with not less than 50% the total marks in physics, chemistry and biology. To get admission to a dental college students have to qualify in a nationwide competitive examination. Advertisements announcing dates for the entrance exams are published in all leading newspapers and centers for the exams are generally set up in major cities all over India. The All India pre-medical/pre-dental exam (NEET) is held by CBSE combinedly for MBBS & BDS. The seats are allotted as per merit in the said exam.
Scope of BDS:
There is a very sharp increase in the scope of dentistry, all around the world. In the modern times, people are getting more and more conscious about their oral health. They have come to understand the importance of having a beautiful smile and looking beautiful & professional.
In urban India, there is a concentration of dentists and dental clinics, whereas in rural parts the ratio of dentists to persons is very low. The bright part to look forward to is the great increase in dental jobs due to steep rise in the number of dental clinics and dental clinic chains all over India. In fact, the rise in the number of dental clinic chains has made it hard for individual dentists with their own clinics because these chains use of a considerable amount of advertising to look for and recruit for new dental graduates.
One other option after BDS is joining a dental college as a tutor or lecturer, nonetheless the pay will be nominal. To be a senior lecturer, one has to first acquire an MDS degree. The pay of a senior lecturer is subject to the administration of the institute you serve in; however, this is a career with self-esteem and growth too.
You can apply for the post of a dentist, after a few years of practice as a general dentist abroad. It is compulsory to fulfil the aptness criteria and qualify the Ministry of Health or Dental Board examinations of the nation before one can acquire the license to practice abroad.
Some placement sectors are:
1. Dental clinics.
3. Educational institutions.
4. Pharmaceutical companies.
5. Dental products manufacturers.
6. Private practice.