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Discover Dentistry

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The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate $59 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Duration 6 weeks long
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Ever wondered what all those letters and numbers a dentist calls out during your check-up mean? Or how broken teeth are fixed? Join Professor Christopher Stokes from the School of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Sheffield on a learning journey to explore the dental profession and the impact dentistry has on all our lives.

Throughout this course you’ll hear from, and interact with, experts from all corners of the dental professions to discover dentistry.

This is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without expertise or prior knowledge of the subject. A basic knowledge of science will be helpful. 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.

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Christopher Stokes

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Discover Dentistry Based on 58 reviews

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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 I learn about the benefit of good oral hygiene and dangers of bad oral hygiene, the importance of visiting dentist for checkup regularly I will make sure my

grandchildren visit the dentist regularly, at the present time I am working as an English /Gujarati /Urdu Interpreter, I go to hospital as well, the knowledge I gain by doing this course was tremendous and it was very beneficial , I learned most of the mouth disease this will help Dentist, Nurses, Client, it has uplifted my confidence and this will help me in doing my job correctly thoroughly and efficiently.
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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.
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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.
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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.



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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.
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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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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.

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Kinga T
Kinga completed this course.
This course has enabled me to learn so much and get a much larger understanding of what dentistry is like. Going to dental summer school or any activities involving dentistry with university students, I was able to talk about my dental knowledge and understand most things taught by dental students just from taking this course! Would recommend it to anyone considering doing dentistry as a degree as it really gives a good insight into what the career is like.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Took a broad view of dentistry; the history, the check up, fillings, dentures, fluoridation, and a fair bit on general oral health, which I used to think was more the doctor's field.

Good balance of video, and articles, with plenty of additional resources.

As always, the experience of the course itself is largely determined by the other students, but the content seemed to engage and motivate other students to continue and complete.
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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
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Very interesting course. Though only available for 6wks it gives you a wide overview of what is involved in dentistry to help students understand the depths of the programme. I've Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. Whether you are looking to study dentistry further or just want to understand more about your teeth and how to care for them this is the right course to take. Thank you for making it available
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has provided so much information about various branches of dentistry. I have learnt many new things such as new brushing techniques, dental charting, different notations and most importantly future of dentistry.

The presentation of the course is commendable. The video on how to treat patient is worth watching. A must recommended course for everyone who wish to take dentistry as a career option.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Best course I would say.

The way that the professionals have explained their part and what includes in our job was good as it helps the learners to choose their careers if they are interested.

It also tells about the contents of the toothpaste,which toothbrush or toothpaste to use .It gives an idea about the way of brushing.

There is a lot in the course to study but is beneficial for future study.
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Anonymous
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A fascinating course for this interested lay person, and well within my comprehension as a non-scientist. It opened my eyes to the wide variety of specialisms within dentistry. My only negative was that with only a few contributing participants it was difficult to have any meaningful discussion. Also the course would benefit from more engagement with learners by the lead educator or mentors.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Discover Dentistry was a brilliant course, that provided detailed yet easy to understand information that allowed me to get a better insight into the profession. I learnt about a wide range of different topics and have seen the past, present and future of dentistry. This course was especially beneficial to me because I am currently applying to study dentistry at university.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I was impressed by the range of information presented, particularly the section on community dentistry. On a personal level, I now understand a great deal more about the work already done in my mouth and what I can do to improve the future.

As usual, on completing a future learn course, I now have plenty of links to explore. Thank you very much to all involved.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Christopher Stokes is an excellent teacher whose love of dentistry is highly infectious. It has been a most interesting course and I would like to thank Christopher and all the other contributors to the course. I am sure that a lot of younger students than I would develop an interest in dentistry as a career. I am sorry that I am too old to follow this path.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has been fantastic as a hopeful dental student. It has helped me understand my work experience more and has cemented that this is the career I would like to do. Thank you to everybody involved in making this course as it has been extremely interesting; the variety of fields and different aspects of dentistry mean this is a fantatsic course.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course to be very educational and helped me to decide whether I felt dentistry is right for me. Some things I read in the course helped consolidate information I gained from doing work experience. I felt that the course showed me the different opportunities dentistry has to offer and the extent of influence it has on everyone.
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Anonymous completed this course.
My experience of dentistry has been restricted to annual visits to the dentist and dental hygienist so it was very interesting to learn from this course that there are many more aspects to this subject than I realised. A great introduction to dentistry and if I was starting my career again I would seriously consider studying it.
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