Scientific knowledge, I believe is crucial if we are to improve the quality of human life and I am consequently pleased that my studies in this area have significantly increased my understanding of both scientific theories and of the human body itself.
I view dentistry as a scientific art due to the close relationship which exists between a small alteration of the teeth and a person’s psychological confidence about their appearance as it can have a huge effect on the whole well-being of a person and this is the foremost appeal of the profession for me.
Part of my inspiration and motivation to become a dentist originated from my own experiences of undergoing dental treatment.
My interest has been further developed by the diversity of dentistry, which was highlighted during my work experience placement at the Louise Southworths Dental Surgery. I shadowed the dentists doing standard fillings, rubber dams and administering local anaesthetics. This enabled me to see the wide range of oral conditions from which patients may suffer.
I am particularly interested in the developments in preventative and cosmetic dentistry, as I listened to the advice patients were given regarding improving their oral health and saw crowns and veneers being fitted. Whilst on this placement I saw patients of varying ages and this enhanced my desire to study dentistry.
To ensure that I have a realistic appreciation of what the career involves, I also spent a week at the Blackburn Orthodontic Centre. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, as it gave me a valuable insight into the relationship of the teeth and jaws, and observed how abnormalities and irregularities regarding this matter can be corrected with the sheer use of braces.
I enjoyed talking to the patients and putting them at their ease, an experience that allowed me to develop my communication skills. It was an unforgettable insight into the world of a busy practice where I could observe the importance of teamwork and co-operation in the department. I feel that I am a very much a people person and that I would relish the opportunity of being part of such a team.
I was appointed Administrations Director of a Young Enterprise company, this experience made me much more conscious for the need of careful notes and the functioning of businesses. Whilst I was at the dental practise I also observed the need for such careful notes, as I saw the patients records being written. The British Heart Foundation and RSPCA are both organisations of which I am an active member.
I have also worked with people in a completely different capacity whilst working as a craft assistant. This involved teaching children aged 4-11 years various skills including clay moulding and papier-mâché at a nearby community centre. I also help out regularly with the elderly when day trips are organised. I experienced that the elderly could be quite challenging and self-conscious, but I have been able to deal with them in a caring and friendly way.
I am very creative as I enjoy intricate henna painting using both my own designs and those from a henna guide. These hobbies have helped to develop my skills in delicate practical techniques. Outside of school I pursue my interests of sport through swimming, tennis and football; I also play cricket, which helps to improve my hand-eye coordination. I am also taking part in an under 18’s football tournament as I believe an active social life is an imperative ingredient to complement my studies and so be ultimately successful. I would be committed to become a dentist and to put into practice the skills I have acquired.
I believe I have an interest in the study of science, the commitment to academic achievement, the interpersonal skills and the desire to make a real and useful contribution to people’s quality of life, which will be necessary to sustain me through a course and a career in the dentistry profession.