Being a dental hygienist or what you call dentist is like any other work fields, it has its PROs and CONs.To start off with this lengthy essay, let’s start with its CONs. The top one is its great long years of studying the course. It takes approximately eight years to finish the full course of dentistry before you enjoy the outcome but this will not be a problem if you love being a student. Aside from its long stay in school, it pays a lot of money which falls on top two. Studying dentistry is expensive and one must expect to have hundreds of loans but don’t let this drag you down (if of course you are determined with the program) because the income you’ll earn will pay it off eventually. Top three would be its high responsibility; I don’t know with you but I take this as a disadvantage. Imagine you are in charge of someone’s health, specifically, their oral health. Dentists do not just do removing your teeth or apply sealant or filling on a decay, they prescribe antibiotics, administer anesthesia (which may be dangerous if not administered properly) and also do surgeries in oral cavity; so if all these and other responsibilities are not taken seriously, then things could go wrong which falls on the dentist’s responsibility. Stress and its challenging patients fall on top four. If the patient makes your work difficult for you then stress drives in, include also top three, your high responsibility. You may also deal with patients that have a slight-to-high gross-out factor which stresses you more. Last CON item is you can have your weekends, holidays and celebrations on your clinic. Dentistry occupies most of your days even those personal ones.
Now you read the top five most disadvantageous part of studying dentistry and being one, so let us move on to the exciting and favorable ones. Top one of the list is, of course, the good income. Dentistry gives you a solid and stable income which pays you off from your loans you had when you were still studying. Though it provides you good income, it does not come with just a snap so don’t expect that it would be an easy money; no pain no gain, darling. Top two is you can be your own boss. You can make the decisions you want to make, but this comes along with its financial risks. Dentists hold their own time and this falls on top three. They can generally set their hours and part-time is always a possibility to allow a balanced lifestyle and well-lived life. Top four and the last but not the least is the multiplicity of experience. Just like other work fields, dentistry has also its variety. There will be no two days that are the same, something will always be new to you because every day is a learning. That’s when excitement comes in. You wouldn’t expect this job to be action-packed and not just sitting around the desk or do routine works. In dentistry, you will never know how time passes by because of how exciting the job is.
There may still be a lot of items out there that you might think about but for me, by far, this is the top list of PROs and CONs of studying and being a dentist!