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Too often, we think of our oral health as separate from our overall health. In reality, the health of our teeth and gums is intertwined with the rest of our body. Your mouth is the main entrance to the body.

Gums and teeth are linked to the digestive, nervous, endocrine,
lymphatic and skeletal systems and the bloodstream. And they
share the harmful organisms that cause disease. This is why your
dentist is so important to your health and well-being. Your dentist
is an expert in diagnosing and treating conditions of your teeth, gums and upper jaw and face—conditions
that can impact your overall health. Most important, your dentist can help you prevent damaging and costly
oral health problems from occurring in the first place.

Types of Dentists.

General dentist
Much like your primary care physician, your general-care dentist examines and monitors the condition
of your teeth and gums. He or she will chart an overall plan to treat problems and to prevent future problems.
A general-care dentist uses a number of procedures for restoring teeth that have decay, disease or have
been injured.

Pediatric dentist
(also called pedodontist)
Pediatric dentists have postgraduate training in working with children and conditions common to children.
They have kid-size equipment and are experienced at putting children at ease.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Surgery of the mouth, jaw and face are performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Common
surgeries are dental implants, correcting cleft palates and repairing facial injuries such as fractured
jaws. Oral Surgery is performed by experienced Oral Surgeons.

Periodontist
Periodontists specialize in diseases of the gums and other tissues that support your teeth.

Endodontist
Have you ever had a root canal? It may have been performed by an endodontist, a specialist who
focuses on the pulp—the tissues, blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth and in the tissues
that surround the outside the tooth’s root.

Orthodontist
Making sure your teeth are straight and your teeth meet properly when you bite down is the job
of an orthodontist. Braces and retainers are common tools used by an orthodontist.

Cosmetic/Aesthetic dentist
From teeth whitening and tooth veneers to gingival sculpting, bridges and braces—a cosmetic dentist
has the tools and technology to bring a great-looking smile to your face.

Dental hygienist
An indispensable defender of your dental health, your dental hygienist conducts initial examinations,
cleans teeth, scrapes away stubborn tartar, takes x-rays and provides instruction in self-care.