Did you know that dentists are people, too? That may sound silly, but it is kind of like seeing your teacher in the grocery store. Sometimes it is easy to forget that the people that you interact with have lives outside of work. Here are a few things about your dentist that might surprise you.
1. Your dentist has a specialty. Like other doctors, not all dentists are the same. Some specialize in general dentistry, but others specialize in different diseases or problems of the mouth.
Endodontists specialize in diseases and damage that affect the nerves inside your teeth. They perform root canal procedures. Periodontists treat the gums and tissue around your teeth. Orthodontists make sure that your teeth are aligned correctly. Prosthodontists can fit you for dentures or false teeth. Pedodontists work with children, and Cosmetic Dentists help to improve the appearance of your smile. There are also oral surgeons and hygienists that work with your dentist as well. So, what kind of dentist is yours?
2. Your dentist is not a medical doctor. Dentists spend many years earning their Doctorate of Dental Surgery or Doctorate of Dental Medicine, but they go to dental school for this, not medical school. This is a good thing. Just as you would not go to a foot surgeon for an ear infection, you would not go to a general medical practitioner for a toothache. Your dentist's specialized training allows them to be the best doctor for your mouth.
3. Your dentist wears a mask for your protection. If you have ever gone to the store and had a random person walk up to you and begin a conversation about your kids or your dog, you understand the awkwardness of seeing your dentist without his or her mask. While it may seem like your dentist's mask is there to conceal his or her identity, it is actually there to protect you and your dentist from getting germs on each other during your visit.
4. Your dentist is not morally opposed to candy. Some candy can get stuck in your teeth, and some takes longer to eat. These kinds of candy are not very good for your teeth. However, things like solid chocolate and sugarless gum are treats that you can feel good about enjoying. Because chocolate doesn't stick to your teeth, and gum may even help to clean your teeth, your dentist may even approve of these sweet treats. (For more information, contact Treasure Valley Periodontics or another practice)Share
27 March 2015
If you are someone who hesitates to open your mouth when you smile because you are embarrassed about your teeth, you should know that there are a number of cosmetic techniques that can give you a beautiful smile you will be proud to show to the world. As a cosmetic dentist, I have seen many clients transform their lives simply by fixing their smiles. This blog is meant to encourage people to find out about the possibilities in cosmetic dentistry so they can feel good about their smiles. A beautiful, confident smile really can change your life. I would love to show you how.