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Discover Dentistry

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

Overview

What do dentists do and why is it important?

Anyone who’s ever had a toothache can attest to the vital role dentists play in ensuring good public health. But behind the cliches of the profession lies a rich and relevant history waiting to be discovered.

On this course, you’ll explore the intricacies of what dentists do.

Joining Professor Christopher Stokes from the School of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Sheffield, you’ll learn the essentials of dentistry from leading dental experts.

You’ll learn about the different roles on a dental team, explore tooth anatomy and disease, and find out how dentistry differs from country to country.

You’ll also learn how to become a dentist and get a valuable introduction to studying dentistry degrees.

This course is for anyone interested in dentistry or science and is designed to be enjoyed without prior knowledge.

It would be especially valuable for dentistry professionals, or anyone thinking of entering the profession.

Due to the highly visual nature of dentistry, a small number of exercises in the course, unfortunately, won’t be accessible to learners with visual impairment.

Taught by

Christopher Stokes

Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 109 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am doing this course to, primarily, help me to gain a better insight into the realms of dentistry and what dentists do. It has been an interesting and eye-opener journey. The many facets of dentistry and the practice of the profession in various specialities...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I worked as a nurse in hospital nursing homes for 40 years I am now retired, I go mosque regularly, I have 3 grandchildren, By joining this course I learn a lot I didn't realize that small part in your mouth is important, and a major player...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an outstanding overview of dentistry and dental health. From fascinating historical facts to cutting edge research, the course succeeds in giving a broad perspective. It also provides some very detailed information for practical application - for example, it is the clearest lesson I have ever seen on exactly how to brush teeth properly! Apart from the excellent information, the course delivery is fun and varied. Sample exercises include charting a sample patient's dental chart, modelling a crown with 'clay', doing a mini research project and home kitchen experiments. In short............something for everyone who has teeth or dentures! Highly recommended.
  • Anthony P.

    Anthony completed this course.

    I good overview of dentistry past present and future. Good content, good presentation, interesting and easy to learn from. I'm not planning to get into dentistry in any way. Just wanted to try something different. I'm glad I did. Found flexibility very useful in my busy life. Well done Sheffield!

    Only one suggestion for improvement - I'd like to have seen a dentist & dental nurse putting their skills to use in the the clinical setting, with commentary.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I learned some things about my own teeth I should have known 25 years ago.

    On top of that, I liked the practical homework, like making a tooth replica myself.

    I like the parts where I have to do my own research on the internet and finding scientific reports and information with conflicting conclusions...

    I learned a lot about dentistry in my own country Holland, compared to England where the course is made.

    Ernst, Amsterdam
  • Mariam M.

    Mariam completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I would like to thank all the dentists and every one who contributed in this effort, l have learnt lots of amazing information,I have observed things that I have never focused on before, thank you all for making my first experiment in dental courses that good.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Amazing introduction to dentistry, all aspects of it. Anatomy of the tooth, different dental specialties, restorations... A lot of good introductory information.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would like to thank you for this course! First of all this course has clear structure and you have the possibility to discover dentistry step by step from simple things to more complex ones. The mix from videos, articles, experiments, discussions makes...
  • Anonymous
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was interesting, thought-provoking and useful, particularly as I am considering studying dentistry at university. I am yet to decide whether I would like to pursue a career in dentistry, but this course gave me...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Before Discover Dentistry, my understanding of what being a Dentist really consists of was pretty minimal, and it wasn't until I began this course that my eyes were well and truly opened to the millions of possibilities and opportunities that arise from this profession. This course helped me to develop a solid understanding of many branches of Dentistry as well as cementing my love for the profession, all whilst making learning so enjoyable and easy. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is beginning to think of Dentistry as a Career or for anyone who isn't just quite sure yet whether or not the profession is for them, because after completing this course, they will well and truly know.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an outstanding overview of dentistry and dental health. From fascinating historical facts to cutting edge research, the course succeeds in giving a broad perspective. It also provides some very detailed information for practical application - for example, it is the clearest lesson I have ever seen on exactly how to brush teeth properly! Apart from the excellent information, the course delivery is fun and varied. Sample exercises include charting a sample patient's dental chart, modelling a crown with 'clay', doing a mini research project and home kitchen experiments. In short............something for everyone who has teeth or dentures! Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is such a fantastic course. I was always intrigued by dentistry but not enough to pursue it or do any research on the field. This course was an amazing opportunity to learn about it as a complete beginner and it has been so informative and fun. The articles were easy to engage with and I very much enjoyed the interviews with the specialists and the dental team; it really helped give a clear picture about what goes on beyond the dental chair. By the end of this course, I do feel confident about what I’ve learned and, although I won’t be pursuing it as a career, I’m definitely more encouraged to learn more about teeth.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course has delivered just what it promised - an insight into dentistry.

    It would have got a 5 but I suspect that the content has been loaded and the course left to run without any FL input - there wasn't a single input/comment from the Educator, even in response to questions; and the wrap-up comments in week 6 refer to participant comments that did not appear on this course, and presumably come from a previous run. That would have been OK if expectations of input hadn't been set - there was even a specific date given when a hygienist would answer questions, but obviously nobody told her as nothing materialised.



  • Bhaskarrao V.

    Bhaskarrao completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I like this course very much I am a dentist I wish to do my MDS but right now I am unable to do that I request all you to support me both financially and academically. I need your support I wish to share all the things that I learn from you. I feel very very happy to be with you I learnt so many things the course is very useful I I got a confidence that I can get a PG seat with this course. I request you to issue me a certificate of completion I did all this course with my father's phone my name is Dr veeraganta Bhavana. I request you to wish you a certificate on my name Dr veeraganta Bhavana.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was very informative and discussed topics I didn't think would be covered such as 3D printing and bioengineering!

    As a dental nurse it was very useful for me to gain insight in the role of the dental technician; we only see the work they produce and I had no idea as to how it was produced before this course!

    Everything was well explained and not complicated to understand; even if there were challenging concepts at times; this course has 100% confirmed that I am making the right choice in my dental career in applying to become a hygiene therapist.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a very informative course, which I took because I know very little about the subject.

    I felt the "discussions" were rather forced - there is little to really discuss especially as course participants are likely to have little knowledge. Also, I would think the course is now rather dated as some of the you tube videos were 10 years old. Things have surely progressed since then!

    However, the course does what it sets out to do - provide a good introduction. I particularly liked the interviews with experts in their fields.

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is interested in studying dentistry at university. Not only do you learn about the science but also the history,technology and the societal aspects of this fascinating field. This course taught me things I would never have came across and has equipped me with an in depth analysis at the world of oral health. I would also like to say thank you for everyone involved in producing this course which I doubt you could find anything as good as this anywhere else on the internet.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Discover Dentistry was a challenging and thoroughly rewarding immersion into the world of dentistry. The highlights for me were the dental charting challenge; the discussions on water fluoridation, the influence of diet on decay, and the application of ethics in dentistry, and the exciting discovery that the future of dental treatment is moving away from 'drilling and filling', to regenerative dentistry, using the body's own living, functional, and biocompatible tissues. I wish I could learn it all over again!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I joined this course because I have an interest in dentistry and am looking to study it in the future. This course had given me an amazing insight to the dentistry career and has taught me loads of new things I never knew before! All parts of the course were easy to access and the layout is very aesthetic and helpful. The tests and discussions were enjoyable and stress free which made the course even more fun! It has definitely made me want to continue my future in this career! Thanks so much!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A very interesting course, starting with the history of dentistry and moving on in centuries. We take many things fro granted, but it made me reflect that there were hard times for people before. The following weeks gave us a clear idea of preteen developments and, last, how things are evolving nowadays.

    The presentations were clear and very precise, with leading speakers who were amazing.

    I thank you for the opportunity to join this course. I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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