What is it?
Dentistry is a specialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities and conditions of the teeth and mouth tissue. Dentistry is also concerned with the maintenance and upkeep of teeth and mouth tissue as well as the gums and bone tissue.
What are the subspecialties?
The common subspecialties of dentistry may include, but are not limited to prosthodontics and Endodontics. Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that is focused on implantations of the teeth and other parts of the mouth. Endodontics is a dental specialty concerned with root canals and saving the interior of the tooth.
What are the commonly associated medical diseases or symptoms?
Medical diseases and symptoms commonly associated with dentistry include but are not limited to tooth pain, gingivitis, Jogren’s Syndrome (dry mouth), tooth cavities, and mouth pain.
What are the commonly associated medical procedures?
Procedures commonly associated with dentistry may include tooth extractions, whitening of the teeth, filling in of cavities, and treatments to the gum and mouth tissue.
Are there any preventative measures I can take?
In order to reduce the need for dental procedures to be performed, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth twice daily with a toothpaste containing fluoride, flossing regularly, and maintaining routine dental check-ups. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet to maintain teeth health.
What are the common misconceptions?
A common misconception is that brushing alone is adequate for maintaining oral hygiene. Brushing alone will clean the surface of teeth, but flossing is also necessary for cleaning in between teeth and gums. A healthy diet is also necessary.
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