I haven't always wanted to be a dentist
When I was growing up I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I knew I liked working with and talking to people and I enjoyed science. After some research I came across dentistry which combines my love for science, working with people and its practicality was a bonus. The main thing that helped me decide was doing work experience at some dental practices which allowed me to gain a deeper insight into what the career entailed. After that I developed a real love for dentistry and I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to set my mind on doing. After all, your smile is one of the first things that people see!
A typical day studying dentistry at Plymouth consists of going to lectures or clinics from 9–5. The course is definitely action-packed. They have a lot to teach us in the five years. In the first and second years the lectures are more focused around the scientific principles of dentistry, microbiology and the anatomy of the head and neck. The third year starts to become more clinical with more time to see patients and provide treatments which is something I really enjoy. I feel that even though the course is five years long you progress and develop different skills during each year.
Valuable patient contact
My favourite part of learning is the early patient contact the course offers. We start seeing patients midway through our first year and that really creates a good foundation to start building our skills. The clinics are all very modern, as a brand new dental school we have state-of-the-art facilities.
This patient contact is something that is very unique to Plymouth as a course – I don’t think many other universities allow you to see patients from your first year and when I tell other prospective dental students they are surprised.