Dentistry is defined by the World Health Organisation as 'the science and art of preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth'.
There is greater awareness of oral health care, and a greatly increased demand for aesthetic services. New information about the relationship of oral health to general health makes dentistry an important health profession for the future.
Possible career paths include:
> Private general practice
> Public service
> Armed forces
> Specialist practice
For further information about careers in the dental workforce visit http://www.ada.org.au/Careers