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How many dental practices are there in South Africa?

With more than 6 000 registered dentists in the country, [fewer] than 2 000 of these practice in the public service, though the public healthcare system has the majority of the population. Even the 2 000 is not evenly distributed across the province


How do I register as a dentist in South Africa?

In order to become a dentist, you’ll need to apply for a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD) or a Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) depending on the university of your choice. Either way, you’ll need to show that you are an academically strong learner in order to be accepted. Only the best can be trusted with our teeth!


Is a dentist a medical practitioner?

No, dental is considered a separate entity from medical. This is because dentists and doctors undergo different training and schooling. Most of the time, x-rays and other preventative dental care is not covered under typical medical plans. Because of this, you will need a dental plan that covers oral care.


Do dentists take the Hippocratic oath?

The ‘Hippocratic Oath’ formulated in the 5th Century BC relating to the practice of Medicine applies no less to Dentistry, another of the ‘healing professions’, stating: I swear to fulfil to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant


What is the difference between a dentist and a dental practitioner?

They diagnose and treat diseases of the teeth, gums and mouth, and help take care of our dental health. Dental practitioners include dental hygienists, therapists and prosthetists and oral health therapists. If you need a dentist, you can find a dental health service near you.


Are Dentist in demand in South Africa?

Dentist jobs are in high demand in South Africa due to the constant rise of patients and South Africa becoming a destination for Medical Tourism. The ASSA (Association of Surgeons of South Africa) have projected the number of citizens on chronic medication by the year 2025 to be 8.8 million.

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