Although the demand for dental care and dental restorations in Vietnam is increasing, the number of dentists who graduate annually is not enough to meet the needs of people’s oral health care.
Dentist or dentist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases related to the oral cavity and teeth. This is a promising job due to the increasing demand for dental care and dental restorations.
Dentistry is in some ways considered a “genuine” profession because of its wide job opportunities and high income. However, this is a profession with a high entrance score, always ranging from 26-27 points or more.
If you are considering studying dentistry, then please refer to some of the shares below by dentist Nguyen Thuy Phuong Uyen. Dentist Phuong Uyen has 7 years of experience as a dentist and currently manages 2 dental offices in District 7 and District 1 (HCMC).
Dentist Nguyen Thuy Phuong Uyen
1. What does a dentist’s job include?
The job of a dentist includes dental caries treatment, tartar scaling, periodontal, dental fillings, tooth extraction, root canal treatment, dental restorations, orthodontics (dentures, dental implants, braces)… for patients.
Dentists can also prescribe medications such as antibiotics, pain relievers, sedatives or drugs that serve in the treatment of various conditions arising in the mouth, throat and neck area.
After 7 years of working, my current job of choice is mainly braces, specifically, making treatment plans for patients based on images, X-rays and clinical examination signs. Then, according to the plan to brace the patient.
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2. Difficulties/pressures of the dental profession?
Dentist is an extremely stressful profession. According to the US National Center for Biotechnology Information, dental workers have high levels of stress and burnout, with 17.6% of surveyed dentists admitting to thinking about suicide and from dying. From 1995 to 2011 there were 77 dentists who committed suicide due to stress.
This is a profession that stands between the two fields of medicine and service, so dentists always have to make efforts in maintaining medical ethics, providing the best treatment indications, constantly updating new knowledge and skills. Clinical must be good to satisfy patients…
It is worth mentioning that, if surgeons mainly work with patients who have been anesthetized, dentists who operate on patients – also mainly work with patients who are awake. Therefore, dentists are greatly affected by the different emotions of stress and discomfort of patients during the treatment process (teeth extraction, filling, tooth implant…). That is what makes the mind tense sometimes.
In addition, dentists always have to talk directly with patients about money issues, because the cost of treatment and orthodontics in dentistry is quite expensive. Because of this, dentists will sometimes have a headache when faced with patients (who do not understand expertise) but make many “paradoxical” demands or do not follow the dentist’s treatment protocol.
Dentist treats patient’s teeth (Photo: medtravel.asia)
3. What qualities does a person need to have to study and become a dentist?
In Vietnam, before deciding to study dentistry, you must study well at high school and always have to pass the university entrance exam with a high score (the year I took the university entrance exam, the standard score was 27/30).
To do this job, a person needs to learn and update new knowledge for life, perseverance, skillful hands, creativity, a bit of perfectionism and a little taste is an advantage. However, the above factors can all be offset by diligence and determination.
The process of 6 years of studying dentistry is quite extreme, having to learn a lot and practice continuously. There are times when you have to take one subject per week and the syllabus for that subject can be up to 3-4 cm thick. However, for those who are really good, learning is still easy. My class has about 100 students, but when they graduate, they only fail about 4-5 students (because they don’t pass the exam too much, so they quit).
Therefore, I always affirm that the quality to become someone, good at something is not as important as the fact that you want to be the person you want to be.
I have many friends who took the exam and re-tested many times but failed to pass the exam, but when I passed the exam, I still studied very well and became a good doctor.
On the contrary, I also have a friend who specializes in studying, who is very good. You only went to medical school because your father was a doctor and both of your parents wanted you to be a doctor. Because you do not like this profession, every day going to school is a torture for you.
Once again I affirm, to do, do well as a dentist or any other profession, the most important thing is that you have the desire, whether you have the desire or not. When you have desire and desire, you will have enough determination to overcome difficulties and hardships in the process of studying and working.
4. Currently, to become a dentist, what majors can students study? Which school?
Currently, you have many options to study Dentistry – Maxillofacial. Besides public schools such as University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Hanoi Medical University, Hue University of Medicine, Can Tho University of Medicine and Pharmacy… there are also many private schools that train this major. such as: Hong Bang International University, Hanoi University of Business and Technology… (somewhere about 17 training schools).
When choosing the Department of Dentistry, you should keep in mind that a dentist is also a doctor, so medical ethics must still come first.
Choosing an important major is that you must have passion and love. Because it will affect the rest of your life whether you follow the profession or not.
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5. How long does it take to become a dentist and how much does it cost?
When I studied medicine, the tuition fee was only about 1.8 million/year. But now the tuition fee has increased to about 70 million/year. The duration of university study is 6 years – equivalent to the time of studying a general doctor.
6. After graduation, where can a dentist work? What is the timeline to be eligible to open a private clinic?
When dentists graduate, they need to practice or work at a medical facility with a bed for 18 months – a public or private hospital.
The dentist will then be issued a practicing certificate. Dentists can work in a private practice (employment) or continue to work at a public hospital.
To open a private practice, a dentist needs to have a working experience of about 54 months (nearly 5 years).
If you don’t go to work right away, you can study for a 1st major or a master’s degree or as a resident.
However, before choosing, you need to clearly define your goals. If you want to follow the “promotion” route, if you want to make an effort to become a department head or hospital director, you should work at a public hospital specializing in Odonto-Stomatology.
In case you choose to work in lower-level hospitals, you will have to work many times harder to get promoted – because of the current reality, the Department of Odonto-Stomatology at lower-level hospitals, small hospitals considered a sub-specialty, less likely to develop.
In case you do not want to “bon chen” but simply want to work, want to open your own clinic, you need to have the above timelines to open your own clinic. However, because you are purely professional, you need to have close associates who are good at business to help you calculate the economic “problems” when opening your own clinic.
7. What is your income as a dentist when you graduate from college and when you become a good dentist?
Dentist’s income is from 5 million VND to 100 million VND if you have become an expert.
8. When becoming a dentist, what courses should be taken to update new knowledge about this profession?
There are many courses, seminars or graduate programs organized for dentists to update their knowledge. And the important thing is what major you want to be and what kind of person you want to become, there will be corresponding courses.
The dental community is quite open and likes to share knowledge and skills at home and abroad. Therefore, I must say that I am quite proud because the knowledge, technology and materials of Vietnamese doctors are also world-class.
9. Skills that need to be cultivated when working as a dentist
– Maintain medical ethics: Dentists are also doctors, so maintaining medical ethics in the process of working is extremely necessary. During the treatment process, doctors have to discuss directly with patients about costs, so if they do not maintain medical ethics, it will easily lead to “alienation”, “making money” of patients, increasing costs unnecessarily. present during treatment.
Dentists need to work in accordance with the doctor’s conscience, do as they know best so as not to harm the patient and minimally interfere, helping the patient to have better oral health in the long run; Avoid performing dental cosmetic services that cause a lot of harm to teeth such as “cosmetic porcelain crowns” grinding a lot of tooth tissue, taking many teeth’s pulp, causing tooth loss, infection; Veneers/porcelain veneers are not specified; Composite bonding (“porcelain coating”) by the wrong method; Implant does not examine CT in the wrong position or wrong indication for prosthetics…
Dentists should not treat patients “despite” causing patients to lose precious natural teeth because there is no denture or Implant equal to a real tooth.
– Always improve English ability: For dentists, English is required to be good. The textbooks in the university are all in Vietnamese – you can easily read and understand. However, after graduating from school, all new knowledge and new research in the world about dentistry must be read and understood in English – because at present, no one translates these documents.
Not to mention that when attending dental seminars, foreign experts will present entirely in English. Of course, someone will translate for you – but if you understand directly what the expert’s words and instructions are, you will feel much better.
– Very good communication skills: When I just graduated from school, I did not have much experience, did not know how to behave to persuade or counter the patient. I think many of you will too.
After 7 years of working-experience, I think every dentist needs to hone his communication skills because when giving a good order to a patient without speaking skills, convince the patient to follow this indication. This is inadvertently harming the patient.
Therefore, you may think that it is “a bit exaggerated” to say this, but this is the truth and the work process you are forced to cultivate, forced to learn to be better, more confident, talk convincingly. to increase patient confidence in the treatment process.
10. Growth opportunities of the dental profession?
Dentist is very interesting. You can become a clinical specialist, a researcher, a dental product developer or you can become a sales executive.
What matters is who you want to be, know what you want, and stay determined. But there is also a sad truth that sometimes will be tempted by money and lose the good intentions from the beginning.
In addition, learning this profession, you will not be afraid of lack of jobs because statistics show that in Vietnam today, the ratio of doctors to people is quite low, only 8 doctors per 10,000 people. This is a very low rate compared to the average of 33 doctors per 10,000 population in developed countries.
As for dentists, some statistics show that the ratio of dentists to people is about 2 dentists per 10,000 people. Dentists are also concentrated in many cities while in rural areas there is a shortage. Therefore, do not worry about not having a job while studying this field.
You know, up to 90% of people suffer from dental diseases and often pay little attention to daily oral care. In the past, they used to only go to the dentist when they had problems with their teeth – but now, this is gradually changing, people are more interested in cosmetic issues and actively check their teeth and straighten their teeth. more often.
In addition, the rate of children currently having braces is quite high due to the soft diet, the jaws are less developed, so they are small, while the teeth are too big, leading to crowded teeth, forcing braces to increase aesthetics.
Meanwhile, older people, even the elderly with conditions, are also more interested in dental problems, actively examining and adjusting to ensure their oral health.
About dentist Nguyen Thuy Phuong Uyen
Dentist Nguyen Thuy Phuong Uyen is a doctor specializing in Dentistry, Jaw-Face, General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry. Doctor Uyen graduated as a dental doctor from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City – course RHM07.
Currently, dentist Nguyen Thuy Phuong Uyen is an orthodontist and is managing 2 dental offices of EDEN Dental in District 1 and District 7 (HCMC).
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