Everyone remembers their first loose tooth. You can recall the wonder and
awe that you felt when holding something that, just a few minutes ago, was a part
of you. What came next was just as amazing. Over a significant period
of time, the tooth would grow back and be replaced! For a child, it’s exciting
evidence that human beings are able to heal themselves. And, for children who
grew up hearing the tooth fairy fantasy, every tooth lost becomes a financial
opportunity. This process of lost teeth and discovery will occur twenty times,
once for every baby tooth you lose.
After your baby teeth are replaced with thirty two adult teeth, the prospect of your
teeth growing back disappears. As adults, we learn that our teeth won’t grow
back if something happens to them. This can become a significant source of
anxiety for some people, especially if they have little knowledge of dental health.
This is where a specialist called a dentist comes in. Dentists are trained with
extensive knowledge on teeth and other oral functions like the gums and your
mouth’s nervous system. Like any doctor, a dentist is a major benefit to our
society as they are well trained and knowledgeable in a particular topic. As
something we use every day, our mouth is a critical aspect of how we function.
From our speech to how we eat, it’s all dictated by the state of our oral health.
Dentists have been a part of society since before the agricultural revolution. The
evidence of the oldest known dental care provider is thousands of years old. The
evolution of dentistry is fascinating and has remained a benefit for mankind since
its inception. With the advent of x-ray and power tool technology, coupled with
the understanding of anesthesiology, dentistry has grown by leaps and bounds.
X-rays are used by a dentist to view problems within the mouth and allow
dentists to see through the skin and teeth to identify any problems with the inner
tooth or gums. Power tools have made dentist’s work faster and more efficient.
Where a dentist needed to prop a patient’s mouth open to use a drill powered by
a hand crank, now a patient only needs to open their mouth for a few minutes for
the dentist to fix the issue. The power tool technology helped revolutionize
dentistry by speeding up the processes of drilling and filling cavities. It also
allowed powered brushing and made the teeth whitening process faster and
easier. Most dentists have an understanding of anesthesiology, or the study and
practice of using anesthetics. If not they will hire a licensed anesthesiologist who
can properly administer the numbing agent. Anesthetics are used in dentistry to
remove pain or discomfort from a patient during normally painful procedures.
All of these ideas and practices are taught to dentists during their education.
People in the dental industry are well trained professionals who have gone
through exhaustive training to make sure they are well prepared to deal with their
patient’s needs and answer their questions. Like most doctor’s, visiting the
dentist can at times be therapeutic. Dentists are often charismatic or polite
people who are able to make their patients feel comfortable in an uncomfortable
position or situation. It’s because of this comfort that patients will return to the
same dentist throughout the years.
Dentists also offer the chance for an individual to increase their self-confidence.
Teeth, for some people, are a sensitive topic. There are people who are self-
conscious about the look of their teeth and can even develop unhealthy habits to
hide it from view. A dentist can help alleviate this self-conscious behavior by
offering several solutions. If a person grinds or bites down on their teeth, in time it
can cause their teeth to erode or chip. Dentists can fix this problem by
prescribing mouth guards if the grinding occurs during sleep. If the problem was
a temporary one, dentists can provide crowns to the teeth to replace their original
length. If a person’s self-consciousness stems from a yellowing of the teeth or
excessive plaque, the dentist can prescribe a program to help them achieve
whiter, healthier teeth, such as teeth cleaning services and whitening.
The dentist provides many services that help society and people in general.