BDS is Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Modern Indian dentists earn the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree (B.D.S.), which requires four years of study and one year of internship. This degree is overseen by the Dental Council of India. In most states, one has to appear for an entrance test conducted by the Directorate of Medical Education, whereas some autonomous universities conduct their own entrance tests. Post graduate courses (Master of Dental Surgery. MDS) are also available in different specialties. It requires 3 years of study after BDS. Dentistry is the art and science of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions, diseases, and disorders of the oral cavity, the maxillofacial region, and its associated structures as it relates to human beings. A dentist is a doctor qualified to practice dentistry. In most countries, several years of training in a university (usually 4-8) and some practical experience working with actual patients' dentition are required to become a qualified dentist.

Top 10 countries to practice dentistry

1. Spain

2. United States

3. Switzerland

4. Norway

5. Canada

7. Australia

8. Japan

9. Sweden

10. Ireland

List of Dental Entrance Exams

1. NEET UG 2018 – National Eligibility and Entrance Test for Under Graduate Medical Study

2. NEET PG 2018 – National Eligibility and Entrance Test for Postgraduate Medical Program

3. Karnataka CET Entrance Exam 2018 – Karnataka Common Entrance Test Dates for Medical and Dental Courses Admission

4. Annamalai University invites applications for MBBS BDS

5. Mahatma Gandhi University notifies admission to MBBS BDS courses

6. ACEE announces Common Pre-Medical Entrance Exam

7. Yenepoya University announces MBBS BDS Admission for 2018

8. Kothiwal Dental College and Research Centre Moradabad announces MDS BDS Admission 2016-16

9. Army College of Dental Science announces MDS Admission 2018

10. NIMS University Jaipur Admission open for MD MS MDS 2018

11. Jammu Kashmir BOPEE announces MD MS PG Diploma and MDS Admission 2018

12. KRLMPCA Bangalore announces PGCET 2018 (Medical and Dental)

13. Manipal University notifies UG PG and Diploma admissions 2018

Eligibility & Duration

The BDS is a 5 year (4 years academic education + 1 year mandatory internship) UG degree programme. This course can be pursued through full time and part time courses. The BDS is one of the most sought courses after 12th in medical field. There are many reputed universities in India which are offering the BDS course. The BDS course contains the basic subjects like human anatomy, physiology & biochemistry, dental material, prosthodontics, microbiology, embryology & histology, general & dental pharmacology and pathology, periodontics, pedodontics, orthodontics and dentistry.