Dentist's Day is celebrated on March 06, 2024. Dentists aren't the most popular people, but they helps you to keep your teeth healthy - you can thank them for their work today! A dentist, also known as a 'dental surgeon', is a health care practitioner that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
By nature of their general training, a licensed dentist can carry out most dental treatments such as restorative, orthodontics, prosthetic, endodontic therapy, periodontal therapy, and extraction of teeth, as well as performing examinations, taking x-rays and diagnosis. Additionally, dentists are allowed to engage in oral surgery when performing invasive procedures such as dental implant placement.
Dentists can also prescribe medications such as antibiotics, fluorides, pain killers, local anesthetics, sedatives/hypnotics and any other medication that serve in the treatment of the various conditions that arise in the head and neck. All dentists in the U.S. must graduate from high school and complete required courses such as general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and statistics/calculus. (With material from: Wikipedia)