Dentists (general) examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. They may treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth and may fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.
Dentists, also called dentist doctors or tooth doctors, are qualified individuals who meet with patients to diagnose and treat dental issues and help them develop better oral regimens.
Tooth doctors have to perform many responsibilities such as examining patients’ dental health, performing scheduled cleanings, writing prescriptions for antibiotics and other medications, advising patients regarding preventive dental care, formulating plans of treatment for patient’s teeth and mouth tissue, and performing oral surgeries and more.
To qualify as a practising dentist doctor, one needs to fulfil certain requirements such as having a doctoral degree in dental medicine, having a state license to practice dentistry, having strong computer skills and experience with healthcare databases and applications, complying with all laws regarding dental and health care, and continuing education courses for new procedures and standards.
Specialty dentistry specializes in dentistry other than general dentistry, and there are many types of dental specialties such as pedodontics, endodontists and orthodontists.
To succeed as a dental doctor or tooth doctor, aspirants must educate and explain to their patients the treatment, preventive care and technical information. In addition, they should be capable of understanding a patient’s needs to feel in control of their treatment. Therefore, a good dentist should practice honesty and compassion.
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