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1

Why Do You Want to Study Dentistry?

-work experience
interest in science
-working with people and interacting with patients

2

If Your Application to Dental School is Unsuccessful What Would You Do?

-emphasising that you will stay committed
-would spend time in environments similar to Dentistry, such as volunteering at a care home. This will give you patient contact and help you to improve your communication skills.

3

What Are the Negative Aspects of Being a Dentist?

-An example of a negative aspect could be dealing with the tight time demands of being a Dentist. Describe a way in which you could overcome this, for example allocating the correct time required for procedures and not rushing
-dealing with anxious and phobic patients. This could be overcome by building a rapport with patients and working on your communication skills.

4

Do you believe that dental implants should be offered on the NHS?

◾Start by indicating that dental implants are a relatively new advancement in Dentistry and involve placing a fixed alternative to removable dentures.
◾In some cases, implants are currently being given to patients on the NHS. This is if they have a medical need such as no longer having the support structures in the mouth required for dentures.
◾Indicate that the cost of implants are very expensive due to the cost of the equipment and the high number of appointments needed with dentists.

5

How do you cope with work when you are being affected by personal problems?

-State the importance of putting your personal life to the side when you are practicing dentistry
-Talk about a situation, how you overcame it and what you learnt from the experience that you can apply to dentistry.

6

Do you believe that all dentistry performed in the NHS should be free?

◾Start by showing your knowledge of dentistry in the NHS currently, such as the different pay bands and what is included in each of them.
◾The NHS is currently only free to some, such as those on tax benefits, under 18 or pregnant.
◾Indicating that NHS dentistry should be free for everyone would mean that the funding would have to come from another source – so be prepared to discuss that.
◾Come to a balanced conclusion, weighing up the pros and cons of charging for dentistry in the NHS.

7

How would you go about treating a non-English speaking patient?

◾This question is testing your knowledge of communication and how it applied to dentistry so make sure your answer reflects this.
◾Think about non-verbal communication skills such as body language and eye contact. This will give you a clue as to how much your patient understands.
◾An important issue is informed consent. To tackle this you could hire a translator for the appointment to make sure that the patient understands the treatment, implications and benefits of the treatment.