Dentistry is a field of medicine that pertains to the health and treatment of the teeth and mouth. Dentists can be general practitioners or specialists; specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.
Advise and instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, and oral health care services.
Examine teeth, gums, and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays, and other diagnostic equipment.
Administer anesthetics to limit the amount of pain experienced by patients during procedures.
Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth, gums and related oral structures, and provide preventive and corrective services.