I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Visiting a dentist today is not anything like it was just a century ago. For one, your barber is not your dentist anymore, and two, many dentists now specialize in various fields of dentistry. The following four dental careers highlight dental specialists, what they do and why it should matter to you.
Dental Public Health Specialist
These dentists choose to focus on numbers (e.g., the number of people that regularly see a dentist, the number of health epidemics affecting oral health, etc.). They keep track of every oral hygiene and health case in order to determine if there is a more serious health problem in the general population of one or more areas. Then they work with government officials to cure disease or fix the problems that are impacting the health of the affected people. Their specialization should matter to you because their chosen specialty helps improve dental and oral health for you and everyone else.
Oral/ Maxillofacial Surgeon
This is a dentist who took his or her career a few steps beyond so that he/she could perform some more complicated dental surgeries. If you or someone you know loses teeth to disease or to medicines used to treat the disease (e.g., cancer), then a maxillfacial surgeon can replace these missing teeth with implants. Additionally, if you were to ever become a survivor of a horrible accident and needed facial and oral reconstruction surgery, this is the "dentist" that would help put you back together.
Endodontists commonly perform root canals. They also study tooth pulp and tooth pulp diseases to try to prevent the diseases and also to find cures for any diseases that cannot be prevented. When you have severely diseased teeth and the teeth may not survive, an endodontist has a treatment plan that will rescue parts or all of your affected teeth.
A prosthodontist primarily concerns his or her practice with false teeth. When you need a bridge, a partial or a full set of dentures, it is the prosthodontist that takes a mold of the teeth you presently have, shapes and creates your false teeth, and then fits the false teeth to your mouth. He or she may work in conjunction with a cosmetic dentist and/or a maxillofacial surgeon when the false teeth are part of facial reconstruction surgery or you would prefer to have permanent false teeth via dental implants. Like all of the other specialists previously mentioned, an prosthodontist may work in a general dentist's office. Visit www.hcdentistry.com/ for more information.