A dentist is an individual that specializes in dentistry. Dentistry is a field of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, prevention, management and treatment of diseases of the teeth and oral cavity. The dentist helps in providing oral health services. Some of the other members of the oral health service team include dental assistants, therapists, technicians and so on. Although, the public associate’s dentistry with the teeth. It covers so much more. It includes the temporomandibular joints and other structures that make up the mouth cavity. Oral diseases are a global phenomenon. People visit their dentists for different reasons. Some of the common reasons why people consult dentists include conditions such as dental caries, periodontal diseases, teeth whitening, replacement of teeth, scaling and so on. To become a dentist in America, one has to go through a 3-year undergraduate course, before going to the School of dentistry. However, qualified dentists might still have to further their education by getting certified in more subspecialties under dentistry. Examples of this include oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental implants and so on
To check the health of your oral cavity: There is a link between dental health and the overall health of an individual. Studies have shown that the condition of the gums and teeth is just a reflection of the state of the health status of the other systems of the body, such as the circulatory system, gastrointestinal system, reproductive system, respiratory system and so on. However, a lot of people do underestimate the health status of their oral cavity. It’s important to regularly consult your dentist for the proper evaluation of your oral cavity.
One of the first things people notice when they interact with each other is the teeth, and also the smell of the oral cavity. An individual that has white and shining teeth with a good smell would be confident enough to initiate conversations with people. You can never go wrong with a bright smile although a lot of people don’t have great dentition. Dentists can help to improve the appearance of our teeth.
A good dentist must be able to educate his/her patients about oral health. It is important to have a dentist that cares about you and your family. Your dentist should be open with his/her patients about his recommendations, the method, and the reasons he/she chose the method. This gives the patients an impression that the dentist knows what he/she is doing, and also puts the mind of the patients at rest. The main reason people get agitated when they sit in a dental chair is that they don’t know what the dentist is about to do to them, and the reason behind it.
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