Dentists are health professionals who specialize in mouth and
dental health problems. Dentists can diagnose and treat dental problems, such
as cavities and tooth loss, and perform cosmetic procedures, such as whitening
Dentists may further specialize in areas such as:
Straightening of the teeth
Nerves of the teeth
Surgery on the mouth and gums (oral
Tooth restoration (prosthodontist).
Also, dentists may specialize in treating specific age
groups, such as pediatric dentists, who only treat children.
Dentists earn a college degree and then attend 4 years of dental
school. Dentists must pass a national examination and be licensed by the state
in which they practice.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
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