Oral doctors: beyond dentistry

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BDS clinical year students preparing for wisdom tooth extraction surgery under the supervision of a professor.

In the 1200s, dentists were known as barbers in France, which may seem odd because today’s barbers are associated with hair, not teeth. Dentists are familiar characters in every person’s life; At one point or another, everyone, regardless of background, should have seen a dentist. It’s no wonder that today it’s still a career of choice for young Malaysians coming out of high school.

With the changing face of today’s world and community, a dentist has evolved from the traditional role of “pain rescuer” to a personality-partner, with whom one must work closely in order to live a healthy life. Such is the evolution experienced by the profession, from the era of forceps, to the restorative era, and today the preventive era.

With advances in science and technology, dentists are increasingly taking on the role of an oral physician as part of a multidisciplinary team in treating a patient, who may apparently have a non-dental health problem. .

This redefinition of the role of a dentist towards that of an oral doctor makes a lot of sense; after all, their scope of our anatomy covers our oral cavity. This extends from the lips, the mucous membrane inside the cheeks and lips, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the upper and lower gums, the floor of the mouth under the tongue, the bony roof of the mouth and of the small area behind the wisdom teeth.

“Oral medicine and oral pathology, the cornerstones of medicine, are vigorously taught to our students because we must ensure that our students are not only excellent dental surgeons, but also excellent oral doctors. “, said Professor Dr Abdul Rashid Ismail, dean of the faculty. of Dentistry, Manipal University College Malaysia (MUCM).

As one of the oldest private healthcare education providers in Malaysia, MUCM is aware of what the future needs and holds for its students. Extension of the Manipal group in India, created in 1953, our presence in Malaysia is entering its twenty-fifth year in 2022.

The BDS program is anchored around the training of a comprehensive dental surgeon, which is clinically sound because it is trained by experienced specialists in each area of ​​dental specialty. Classrooms and clinic floors are always buzzing with case-based learning (CBL) activities.

Students must practice surgical procedures on phantom heads before performing them in real time on patients.

“In the CBL modules, professors and lecturers shared their many years of clinical experiences and case encounters to train critical and analytical skills in diagnosis and treatment planning,” Dr. Abdul Rashid said.

“With such a comprehensive base, we ensure that our graduates are not only ready to work, but also extremely competent in many areas vis-à-vis the mouth. This makes it much easier when deciding on the region, as well as the field of dentistry in which they would choose to practice.

Health is not for business, but it is a profession to take care of people’s health. Health is the basic need for human security; it is a principle that leads to emotions of love and belonging, esteem and self-realization. Being a health service professional, especially in the field of dentistry, the prospects of giving a quality life to the community and having a good quality of life will always be part of the life cycle of dental surgeons and practitioners. oral.

The world keeps turning; what we see today we saw 100 years ago in a different form. What awaits the future healthcare professional will be different from today. For this reason, the concept of lifelong learning at MUCM is instilled in dental surgeons for the survival of the profession and the creation of more varied career paths.

For more information about our program, call us at 1700-811-662 or visit us at www.manipal.edu.my.






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