CRITICAL THINKING AND REFLECTION IN EDUCATION AND DENTAL PROFESSION
Correct diagnosis, reasonable decision-making and therefore good patient care require the ability of the dentist to think critically. It is therefore necessary for dental students to build competencies in scientific thinking, critical thinking and reflection so that future dentists are equipped for the daily life and demands that await them in the future. This article addresses dental students' learning of critical reflection, and provides a brief insight into the research literature and three different teaching approaches that can accommodate the learning and application of reflection: logbook, self-evaluation and structured reflection. In addition, examples are given of common types of cognitive bias that can be avoided through critical thinking and that have implications for good decision-making.