What is dentistry?

  • (noun): The branch of medicine dealing with the anatomy and development and diseases of the teeth.
    Synonyms: dental medicine, odontology


Dentistry is the branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity, the maxillofacial area and the adjacent and associated structures, and their impact on the human body. To the layman, dentistry tends to be perceived as being focused primarily on human teeth, though it is not limited strictly to this. Dentistry is widely considered necessary for complete overall health. Doctors who practice dentistry are known as dentists. The dentist's supporting team – which includes dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and dental therapists – aids in providing oral health services.

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Special Needs Dentistry
... Special needs dentistry, also known as special care dentistry, is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the oral health of people who have intellectual disability, or who are affected ... They are then eligible for Board Certification by the American Board of Special Care Dentistry (Diplomate ABSCD) or Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS (SND)) ... Patients who require special needs dentistry form a diverse group, and may be found living at home, in hospital, in secure units, in residential or nursing homes, or they may be homeless or vulnerably housed ...
List Of Dental Organizations - United Kingdom
... Regulatory Body NHS - Public Healthcare Dentistry British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry British Dental Association British Dental Health Foundation British Orthodontic Society British ...
Street Dentistry - Legal Issues
... and dental hygienists to be licensed, making street dentistry illegal, though street dentists continue to practice ... countries in the developed world have laws preventing the unlicensed practice of dentistry (see Dentistry throughout the world) ...
Street Dentistry - History
... Before the 20th century, dentistry was largely unregulated ... the first attempts to regulate the practice of dentistry came in France in 1400, when royal decrees prohibited barbers not in the Guild of Barbers from performing surgical procedures except ... Harris established the world's first school of dentistry, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, and created the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS ...