A dentist treats a patient wi the help o a dental assistant.
|Heal care an cosmesis|
|Dental Degree, Medical Degree|
Dentistry is a branch o medicin that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, an treatment o diseases, disorders an condeetions o the oral cavity, commonly in the denteetion but an aa the oral mucosa, an o adjacent an relatit structurs an tishies, pairteecularly in the maxillofacial (jaw an facial) aurie. Awtho primarily associatit wi teeth amang the general public, the field o dentistry or dental medicin isna leemitit tae teeth but includes ither aspects o the craniofacial complex includin the temperomandibular an ither supportin structurs. The term dentistry comes frae odontology (frae Auncient Greek ὀδούς (odoús, "tuith")) – the study o the structur, development, an abnormalities o the teeth. Acause o thair substantial owerlap in concept, dentistry is eften an aa unnerstuid tae subsume the nou lairgely defunct medical specialty o stomatology (the study o the mooth an its disorders an diseases) for which raison the twa terms are uised interchyngeably in certain regions.
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- Whether Dentists are referred tae as "Doctor" is subject tae geografic variation. For example, thay are cried "Doctor" in the USA. In the UK, dentists hae tradeetionally been referred tae as "Mister" as thay identified themsels wi barber surgeons mair nor pheesicians (as dae surgeons in the UK, see Surgeon#Teetles). Houever more UK dentists nou refer tae themselves as "Doctor", awtho this wis conseedert tae be potentially misleadin bi the Breetish public in a single report (see Costley an Fawcett 2010).
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- Neil Costley; Jo Fawcett (November 2010). General Dental Council Patient and Public Attitudes to Standards for Dental Professionals, Ethical Guidance and Use of the Term Doctor (pdf) (Report). General Dental Council/George Street Research. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- "Glossary of Dental Clinical and Administrative Terms". American Dental Association. Retrieved 1 February 2014.