The study of Dentistry is an education in becoming a medical professional who has advanced knowledge of teeth, gums and mouth care. A dentistry education is directed toward medical dentistry or dental surgery, or can also include positions as dental technicians, therapists or hygienists. Dentists work together as part of a team within a dentistry practice.
The aim of Dentistry is to prevent and treat disease and damage in peoples’ mouths and adjacent systems. Necessary treatments can be determined after thorough examination by a dentist. Most dentists are general practitioners who fill cavities, perform examinations and pull teeth. Several other basic Dentistry responsibilities include detecting and diagnosing disease, improving aesthetic appearances, restoring parts of the mouth after surgical procedures, and preventing problems through education.
Dentists discuss with their patients the importance of flossing, diet, brushing, and other important aspects of dental care. Dentists can also work within subspecialties such as orthodontics, oral surgery, or pediatric dentistry. In some countries, it is common for dentists to operate their own practice.