Oral health receives a lot of of attention these days with the resurgence of modern teeth whitening systems and a new consciousness regarding oral hygiene. However, the development of new technologies in dentistry necessitates the attention of committed dentists and dental work experts. Recent studies indicate that more dental health workers are just in for the money and treat dentistry and its branches as means to make lucrative business. Therefore, choosing a dentist is a crucial move, for the sake of your oral and financial health.
Before qualifying as dentists and dental work practitioners, candidates are required to take up a pre-dental degree and dental school courses. Dental school studies are divided in two: pre-clinical studies for two years and a practicum under a licensed faculty for the latter two. Dentistry candidates are then required to pass the state and national dentistry board to qualify as dentists. However, if the candidates plan to specialize in a branch of dentistry such as public health, endodontics, oral maxillofacial pathology, oral maxillofacial surgery, dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics, a couple of years of advanced studies is required. They are also required to pass the specialty board examination to gain their board certification and license. After so much study and money spent on training, it’s no wonder some dentists are more keen to earn big money at the expense of their clients’ teeth. Here are some guidelines to help people choose a proper-minded dentist who actually care for their clients’ teeth and oral health.
Being an advocate of prevention rather than expensive one-time treatments is a positive sign that dentists and dental work experts are interested in their patients’ health. They often suggest or recommend doing a full oral study before dispensing treatments and procedures. They require x-ray films or copies of dental records from their clients’ previous dentist. Thorough examinations of overall dental health are to be expected and these include examinations of the following: teeth, gums, lips, tongue, palate, cheek insides, and throat. If the dentist charts, shows, and explains in detail the results of the exam to the client, it is a good sign that the dentist is serious about dental health. Advices and reminders about regular visits are to be expected from good dentists. They are interested in monitoring and assessment of maintenance and dental procedures, if any. Hence, good dentistry requires time and detailed work unlike treatments which promise instant results.
Aside from the positive signs to be reckoned with in finding a good dentist, there are also signs which raise the red flag. Flamboyant teasers and advertisements often signify mass production instead of detailed work. Also, lower than average fees are not foolproof ways to save money. Lower fees often require longer, repeated treatments which in time cost more. Dentists who often rely on sedation are also exposing their patients to undue risks. Unscientific processes employed by some dentists should be warning enough. Dentistry is based on science and not “holistic” treatments as some advertise. It is more likely that these “holistic” treatments are bent on consuming a client’s wallet whole.
With the risks these situations pose, it is imperative that people know where to find good dentists and dental work experts. Referrals from family members, friends, and impartial local health workers are good sources. There are also agencies that offer assistance in finding quality dental care. It is also important to ensure that the client’s philosophy on health and dental care coincides with that of the dentist. This promotes cooperation, good rapport, and ultimately, outstanding oral health.
If you’re considering a career in the dental field this article is for you. (:-)
To begin we’ll give a quick overview of dental tasks, then mention some of the specialties you can pursue and finally we’ll look at the actions a person in the dental field takes within a typical day of working in other peoples mouths. (:-)
A dentist is a specialist who can diagnose, prevent and treat all disorders related to your teeth and gums. Dental care involves the restoration and preservation of your natural teeth, filling cavities, removing rotten teeth if necessary and providing artificial teeth replacement. Some dentists are general practitioners who work with preventative dentistry and use diagnostic procedures, X-rays and instruments to evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums. Dentists perform checkups, take impressions for dentures, fill cavities and fit bridges. They use a variety of dental appliances, hand instruments, and surgical implements to perform their work accurately. Giving anesthetics called numbing or freezing is also done by a dentist or a dental hygienist for those visits that will be quite painful. (:-)
The American Dental Association recognizes the following Dental specialties:
1) Oral surgeons
2) Periodontics (related with treating the gums)
3) Prosthodontics (making teeth or dentures)
4) Oral pathologist (treating diseases of the mouth)
5) Endodontics (root canal therapy)
6) Orthodontists (related with structure of teeth)
7) Dental hygienists (work with hygiene of oral cavity)
8) Maxillofacial surgeon
Phew! There’s allot of areas to study there, better have a (:-).
What Does a Dentist Do?
• Diagnose and treat malformations, injuries and diseases of the teeth and oral cavity.
• Dentists improve patient’s appearance by using various cosmetic dental processes and sometimes the help of surgical interventions.
• Dentists perform surgical procedures like tissue grafts, implants and extractions.
• Educate patients, mostly children on how to take care of their teeth and prevent cavities and oral diseases by showing how to floss and brush correctly and eat healthy foods. (:-)
• Dentists related with teaching field, teach dental hygienists and future dentists.
• Dentists perform research directed to developing new treatment methods and improving oral health.
• Dental hygienists work with patients alongside the dentist to perform allot of the routine and simpler tasks.
If you go to any dental practice, quite often the first person you’ll encounter is a dental hygienist. Make sure you give them a (:-).
Dental hygienists are specialists who take care of your teeth, gums and oral cavity. A dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth using tiny dental tools such as the mirror, tooth scrapper for plaque removal and special toothbrush. They also perform flossing to remove very tiny food particles from your teeth. They’ll check your dental cavities by taking x-rays of your teeth. After checking your teeth for cavities, they’ll recommend the needed treatment to you and your dentist and may refer to a specialist if necessary.