Student advice

The College of General Dentistry is the professional home for dental practitioners and the dental team at all stages of their career – from student to experienced clinician.

Written by dental students and general dental practitioners, this series of advice blogs is designed to support dental students during your studies and as you transition to real-life dentistry. We would love to hear from you if you’d like to share your experience and write a student advice blog – get in touch with us.

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Taking the big step – student to dentist

Taking the big step – student to dentist

Dr Janine Brooks MBE, dental coach and mentor, offers essential advice to help you flourish as you take your first steps into general practice.
Specialising in restorative dentistry

Specialising in restorative dentistry

Dr Tom Willan, General Dental Practitioner in Yorkshire, describes the career journey that led him to specialise in restorative dentistry.
Experience working in different care settings boosts confidence

Experience working in different care settings boosts confidence

Dr Harriet Jones reflects on how a varied early career in secondary and tertiary care settings has given her increased confidence in her work as a primary care dentist.
Reducing risk at the chairside

Reducing risk at the chairside

Dr Antony Visocchi, General Dental Practitioner and Independent Dental Expert Witness, explains how practising with ethics, morality and integrity will help you reduce the risk of litigious action.
Where will your career take you?

Where will your career take you?

Dr Sahar-Tara Aghababaie, part time Dental Associate in North West London, recommends making a clear career plan to help you steer your career in the right direction.
Working in a Maxillofacial unit in a District Hospital

Working in a Maxillofacial unit in a District Hospital

As a DCT 1 in a District Hospital in Yorkshire, Dr Kenny Strain takes us behind the scenes of a busy Maxillofacial unit, describing the range of treatments he has been providing.
Top tips for young dentists

Top tips for young dentists

Dr Sahar-Tara Aghababaie, part time Dental Associate in North West London, gives you some key pointers as you start your career in dentistry.
Four important reasons to get involved with research

Four important reasons to get involved with research

Qasim Mohammedbhai, fifth year BDS student at King’s College London, explains the benefits of conducting research whilst at university or as a dental practitioner.
Tackling life in general practice after Foundation Training

Tackling life in general practice after Foundation Training

Dr Khush Shah, General Dental Practitioner, delivers three pieces of vital advice to help you tackle life in general practice.

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