Your guide to become a Dentist in Malaysia

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RM 3,000 - 3,500

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Who is a Dentist?

Like other healthcare jobs, Dentistry is a very rewarding profession. There are many compelling reasons to become a Dentist — you get to help patients health and well being and it’s a career that allows you to e our own boss and own a Dental Clinic. Compa

The demand for Dentists is expected to decrease in Malaysia. With 15 institutions of higher learning offering Dentistry to about 800 students yearly, the government has already reduced the compulsory training from two years to one year. This is in response to the growing number of dentistry graduates which has increased by 40 per cent and the limited government positions available. There were 5,888 active Dental Practitioners in Malaysia with Dentist to population ratio of one to 5...

The demand for Dentists is expected to decrease in Malaysia. With 15 institutions of higher learning offering Dentistry to about 800 students yearly, the government has already reduced the compulsory training from two years to one year. This is in response to the growing number of dentistry graduates which has increased by 40 per cent and the limited government positions available. There were 5,888 active Dental Practitioners in Malaysia with Dentist to population ratio of one to 5,150. Last year, 896 new dentists registered, of which 296 will join the private sector.

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The pros and cons of being a Dentist:

Pros

Flexibility in time since you can set your own working hours when you set up your own Dental Clinic

High satisfaction in your job when you help patients to relieve their pain

Cons

Slow start in job and income

May encounter challenging patients

What are all the responsibilities of a Dentist ?

Educating patients on oral health and diagnosing their condition

Informing treatment options for your patients

Maintaining the dental records of your patients

Recruiting, training and managing staff

What skills do you need to become a Dentist?

Steady Hands

The oral cavity is one of the most sensitive places. You will need to be very precise and careful as a Dentist because you definitely do not want to accidentally stab your patient in the mouth, nor do they. Hence, it is very important that your hands do not tremble or shake even if you are under pressure!

High concentration levels

In order to mend small things, like the teeth (duh!), you will need tiny tools and equipment, especially when you are filling your patient’s tooth. In this case, you will need to focus and concentrate so that you do a thorough job in fixing whatever problem your patient is facing. The worse situation for them is having to return to you again because you failed to do your job properly and not to mention that will harm your reputation too.

Being able to properly interact with patients from all ages

You will be getting clients or patients of all ages and it is crucial that you are able to build a relationship with them while earning their trust. There is, indeed, a certain way to interact with a specific age group thus knowing every nook and cranny will be able to help you tremendously.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Dentist?

What are the requirements to be a Dentist?

Before applying to dental school, make sure the programme is recognised by the Malaysian Dentistry Council (MDC). There are certain basic pre-dental education courses (maths and sciences) that must be completed before enrolment in dental school. However, pursuing a degree in Dentistry will take slightly longer than usual degrees since it is almost similar to a Medical degree and you will be required to obtain a license before you can practice Dentistry locally.

What are the working hours of a Dentist?

Creating your own dental practice means you work hours are the hours you set. Working for hospitals would mean working long and irregular hours.

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