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Dentist

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Dentists examine patients’ teeth and mouth to look for signs of decay or disease. They then treat any decay or disease to prevent the patient being in pain.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

From 1 April 2017 the pay scales are as follows.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Entry is competitive. You need to study for a degree in dentistry from an approved dental school, which usually takes 5 years. This gives you registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), which you need to practise as a dentist in the UK.

Most dentists in Scotland are self-employed, working in general practice, doing a mixture of NHS and private work. There are also jobs in community dentistry, particularly in schools and in the armed services.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
2160
3.4 %
FALL
2022
2089
  United Kingdom
2017
18917
0.3 %
FALL
2022
18868

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

If you work in general practice you should have good business skills.

Training

Getting On

More Information

The University of Dundee offers a unique three day Dental Insight programme running every June. To be eligible for a place you must be an S5 secondary school pupil studying in Scotland, and be on track to achieve the minimum entrance requirements to study dentistry at the University of Dundee.

Students starting their dentistry degree from 2017/18 may be eligible for the new Dental Student Support Grant (DSSG). This provides £4,000 each year for those whose annual household income is less than £34,000 a year. They must commit to working in NHS Dentistry in Scotland after graduation. Full information will be available in August 2017 on the www.mygov.scot website.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Dental Association (BDA)
Tel: 01786 476040
Website: http://www.bda.org
Twitter: @TheBDA

General Dental Council
Tel: 020 7167 6000
Website: http://www.gdc-uk.org/
Twitter: @GDC_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeneralDentalCouncil/

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
Tel: 0161 855 7409
Website: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk
Twitter: @UKCATest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKClinicalAptitudeTest

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