1. Deteriorating Education Standard
In India, oral health care awareness amongst the population is low resulting in fewer patients. On the other hand, the number of dental schools & their intake capacity is ever increasing. Earlier the PG seats were limited so interns were getting the opportunity to perform most of the procedures but since PG seats have increased now; a lot of procedures are allowed only to PG students in many private dental colleges. In some private dental schools, the situation is such that students have to pay patients to visit the college and get treated.
The lack of clinical exposure obviously reflects; these young dentists hold the degree yet very few are confident about dental practice.
2. Lack of Opportunities
Job opportunities are relatively low for dental graduates. Practically speaking there are (no) very few government jobs and even in private jobs dentists doesn’t get paid well.
Stipend ke naam pe to chavvanni atthanni milti hai...
Hope you pay some respectable salary to the dental professional at your clinic.
It's 2016 still some patients are getting roadside dental treatment and no strict action is taken against quacks.
The situation is getting even worse due to some educated quacks. There are many postgraduate dentists are working as visiting consultant under quacks just for money. Not only this but qualified dental surgeons are also not on back foot in misleading patients by writing invalid abbreviations after their BDS degree. For example "BDS MIDA" where MIDA stands for “Member of Indian Dental Association” and is not any degree but used to brag about qualification.
Here is the list of some more unacceptable abbreviations by dentists
R.D.P for Registered Dental Practitioner
F.I.C.D for Fellow of International College of Dentists
M.I.C.D for Master of International College of Dentists
F.A.C.D for Fellow of American College of Dentists
M.R.S.H for Member of Royal Society of Hygiene
F.A.G.E. Fellow of Academy of General Education
4. The Attitude Problem
Unlike medical practitioners, many dentists are reluctant to share knowledge as they believe this will increase their own competition but in reality, they are actually restricting themselves from self improvement.
5. Lack of Unity
It is my personal observation that dentists don't have unity amongst them. Dentists practicing in the same locality consider each other as rivals & the one who takes advantage of this situation is patient. You can read my blog "Be the change you want to see" on www.DentistFriend.com
6. Lack of Insurance Coverage
In our country, most of the medical treatments are covered under insurance but no dental treatments are covered under insurance which is somewhere restricting the industry growth.
7. Under-Performing Authorities
The authorities are getting commercial. Someone, please make them realize that they are here to create new opportunities & raise the standard of dentistry. They are not just to collect sponsorships from Tooth Paste Companies.
How can we uplift the status of Dental Profession?
I believe that it's not just the fault of authorities but somewhere you & I are directly or indirectly responsible for whatever dentistry is facing today. All of us want a better future but in reality, nobody wants to take the responsibility. Let's stop this blame game because circumstances won't change until and unless we consider ourselves responsible and take initiative.
Let's take a stand...
Let's play our role to uplift the status of dentistry...
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