Carving your life out – Being a Dentist!

Dentist: A Magician who puts metal in your mouth and pulls coins out of your pockets. Yeah! I know the weirdest but truest definition ever. Being a dental student I know what we go through in every practical class. I have experienced like everything from being a carpenter to a labourer. When I had my first encounter with all this, I was like what am I actually supposed to be a Doctor cum Dentist or a worker.

P.S I am sure even if I could not be a Dentist I can surely try my luck in other things.

Before coming into BDS, sites such as, gave me the impression that being a dentist is a very easy job, they hardly do anything but now I can guarantee you that this profession, as easy as it seems, is, in reality, nothing less than undergoing a whole lot of mental and physical trauma.

If suffering brought wisdom, the dentist’s office would be full of luminous ideas.  ~Mason Cooley

Like breaking an articulated cast from an articulator, closing of a Dental Flask; you will look for the most strongly built student in class to help you out in these situations. An orthodontic wire seems to get on your nerves every time in front of which, a dog’s tail seems easier to straighten. Right now in second year I think I can deal with a dog’s tail or a Maggie like curly hair but not an orthodontic wire.



Some tortures are physical
And some are mental,
But the one that is both
Is dental.
~ Ogden Nash.

The best part of being a dental student is you get burns, cuts, pricks as a return gift after the end of every practical class. After every prosthodontics practical class there will always be that one person who either burnt his hand in flame while chip blowing or cut his hand with BP Blade. But nothing to worry this is the speciality of a BDS student being multi-talented.

I might be scaring the hell out of the people who are going to join the course. As for now even if I can’t get my practical work right in a single go but it’s fun. Yes, it is frustrating at times but at the end you won’t be bounded only in books and theoretical knowledge.

Tooth decay was a perennial national problem that meant a mouthful of silver for patients, and for dentists a pocketful of gold.  ~Claudia Wallis

 Dentistry is fun, working on dummies in Conservative Dentistry, setting a teeth, making a denture and when finally your work gets accepted and those golden words of the teacher, “Take signature” are one among the happiest moment of your life.

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The best way to express yourself is through your writing so here I am :) A 3rd year BDS student and the Column Editor of MCODS on MB Mangalore. Would be Dentist and Doctor , both at same time ;) :D