Dentistry is a field of discipline and science that many people have come in contact with. Few people, however, understand its true, complex nature. Dentistry is a branch of medicine that mostly involves the diagnosis, study, prevention, and treatment of conditions and diseases of the mouth, clinically referred to as the oral cavity.
While most people associate dentistry with only teeth, this is actually but a small portion of what the discipline covers. Dentistry also includes working on the gums and tissue, as well as the overall structural integrity of the mouth and jaw. The common misconception that dentists only deal with teeth comes from the fact that teeth are often the most troublesome part of a person’s mouth, and a common place for cavities and other irregularities to take place.
Dentistry is not just a practice of hygiene, but one that is considered vital to the overall health of a person as well. It is for that reason that it is suggested that everyone visit a dentist at least twice a year. This is not just so that they can give your teeth a proper cleaning, but so that they can assess your overall oral health and determine if any other procedures are needed.
Most dental practices consist of a team. This includes a secretary in the office, many dental assistants, hygienists, technicians and therapists. The whole team is required, not just the dentist to carry out all of the duties in the office.
Dr Leslie Griesdorf is a retired dentist who spent the major portion of his career aiding people in their oral healthcare needs.