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Discover Dentistry

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Health Care
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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Overview

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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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4.8 Based on 25 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
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
5.0 5 months ago
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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Anthony P
5.0 4 months ago
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
5.0 4 months ago
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
5.0 2 months ago
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
4.0 4 months ago
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
5.0 2 weeks ago
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
4.0 a week ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
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
5.0 4 months ago
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
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The Discover Dentistry course was extremely interesting and gave an in-depth overview of all things revolving around dentistry from oral biology to the different dental professions, and new technologies we can expect for the future. I would thoroughly recommend the course to all students thinking about Dentistry as a career.
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Anonymous
5.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Doing this course has allowed me to get a deeper insight into dentistry and has also made me realise how many different aspects of dentistry there and that its not just about sitting in a room and telling people to brush their teeth! I have enjoyed doing the course and has inspired me to look into dentistry at university
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course gives you an in-depth insight into the Dentistry profession and it is very interesting. If you are curious about what exactly Dentistry entails and you would like to increase your knowledge then I would recommend this course for you. It is enjoyable and interactive and simply a great course!
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Anonymous
4.0 4 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I was impressed with the advances being made in dentistry. The course highlights the interaction between the mouth and the rest of the body. For someone interested in dentistry as a career the course outlines the different disciplines, helping one to determine where they might like to specialize.
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John C
4.0 5 months ago
John completed this course.
So interesting and informative. So many people/disciplines involved and it was good to meet many during the course.

A great thank you to Chris. for the way the course was presented.

I'll hav eloads to chat over with my dentist next week, after the wisdom tooth extraction (if all goes well)
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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
A very interesting and lovely course which gives a very complete summary of what dental profession is like.

Excellent professors that were enthusiastic about their field, with excellent knowledge who explained everything succinctly.

Thank you very much!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Really thorough, and covered a wide range of aspects to dentistry. Videos were informative and I preferred them to reading. Learnt a lot and this course has really solidified my interest in dentistry, so thank you!
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Janina K
5.0 7 months ago
Janina completed this course.
Wonderful introduction to dentistry! Perfect for someone like me, with very limited previous knowledge of the field. The presenter's enthusiasm for his subject is inspiring too :-)
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Anonymous
5.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was very beneficial; it helped me get a much clearer insight to dentistry is general, and really told me whether this course is for me and whether i will enjoy it as much as i did.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Amazing course, helped me expand my knowledge of dentistry. Truly enjoyed myself, and helped me confirm that I want to pursue a dental career. Thankyou so much.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic way to supplement my idea of becoming a dentist in the future. Thorough, detailed and also fun. Thank you Sheffield Uni for putting this together.
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