Many events in daily life are pegged as unpleasant by one qualifying statement: it’s like going to the dentist. They are supposed to make people’s overall quality of life better, not worse, because their work may prevent minor problems from turning into major health issues. Another statement suits dentistry, that of no pain no gain. Sometimes that is the truth too. They do not exist to inflict pain, though sometimes they will strike a nerve for those who just plain do not like going to see them, or in the course of trying to help their patients.
A dentist is a healthcare professional whose business involves teeth and actually all around oral (or mouth health). It is essentially dental medicine. Like any other healthcare professional, they come in many varieties of specialty, though the general practitioner is the focus here.
The general dentist professional performs a fairly well-defined set of duties, such as performing x-rays, and checking teeth, gums, membranes, jaws, and bones for health. They usually have dental hygienists whose job it is to thoroughly clean the teeth, mouth, tongue, and anything else in the mouth. Usually people are encouraged to see dental professionals twice a year for regular checkups and dental cleanings.
For kids whose jaws, teeth, and gums who are still developing, the checkup may result in a referral to the orthodontist, for teeth straightening wares, such as braces. Other times the general dental doctor may notice abnormal growth of jaws, and instead make a referral to an oral surgeon team. While it may be a complex treatment that follows, involving surgery, it all starts with a referral from the general dental practitioner. Even such maladies as TMJ, or a grinding of bones, may be detected by a thorough dental exam.
For adults, the dental doctor may determine upon examination that adults need to go and see a periodontist, or a gum specialist. It may seem wild, but mouth health can tell a lot about what is or potentially may occur in the body. For instance, a dental professional may notice that there is a growth in the mouth, specifically the throat area. If the patient or client as they are now called, notices that they are having a bit of trouble swallowing as of late, and their voice has been hoarse, then this could be serious. The patient is then sent to either an ear nose and throat doctor or another specialist. It may just be a benign growth, or tumor, or a cancerous tumor. In some cases there are polyps starting to develop.
All of the problems a dental professional may find are the reason people are not fans of going to the dentist. It could mean an expensive or time-zapping set of other appointments and medical and orthodontic treatments with doctors. Though, such dental appointments and followup treatments can be a lifesaver. For those who decide to treat their gum disease it may prevent heart disease. Bacteria in the mouth can go into the heart and cause heart problems.
There is a lot of good that comes out of taking care of health. It is the satisfaction of taking control of one’s life, and health. It means getting straightened teeth, better movement of the jaw, or taking care of gum problems.