The field of dental education is huge and varied. It covers a lot of different jobs. People can train as general dentists, as specialists, as dental hygienists, dental assistants and also as dental laboratory technicians. The length of time each group has to spend in school varies tremendously.
Dentists obviously have to spend many years training, and will have to do further courses if they then choose to specialize in a particular field such as orthodontics. The training for dental assistants and hygienists is generally only a couple of years. Dental technicians can spend between two and four years doing their initial training. The length of training for all groups may vary from country to country.
Once a dental health professional has qualified they cannot just rest on their laurels. The world of dentistry is fast changing as new technology is being brought in all the time. It is vitally important that everyone keeps up to date, and is able to use the latest techniques andRead More »from Why Continuing Dental Education is Important