The dentist is a doctor who is specially trained to care for teeth. Dentists are licensed practitioners who hold either a doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree or the equivalent doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree. Becoming a dentist requires a minimum of two years of pre-dental college work followed by four years of dental school.
When you visit your dentist for a checkup, he or she will look at your teeth and gums to check for any problems. The dentist also wants to make sure your teeth are developing properly as you grow.
Dentists come in all shapes and sizes. There are family dentists and dentists who make replacement teeth, there are dentists who do root canals and make tooth crowns, and dentists who do teeth whitening work. There are dentists who do surgery when there is a big problem in your mouth. Science has shown that failure to care for one's teeth can lead not only to mouth pain, the worst kind of pain there is, but also to other illnesses. It's important to visit your dentist every 6 months to make sure you are taking good care of your teeth and that your teeth and gums are healthy.
Finding a dentist in your area can be a lot easier than you think. There are many dentist directory sites who will locate a dentist in your area for you.