Dentists are doctors specially trained to care of people's teeth and gums. They look for decay or diseases by examining the mouth and by studying X-rays. They fill cavities, repair broken teeth, straighten teeth, and treat diseases of the gum. Dentists remove teeth that are too full of decay to be saved. They replace them with false teeth. Sometimes dentists also perform surgery on the gums or jawbones.
• Identify and take care of tooth, gum, and mouth problems.
• They pull teeth, perform surgery, fix broken or decayed teeth, and make molds for dentures or crowns.
• They teach people how to take care of their teeth.
Where and When:
• Many dentists work at their own business.
• Their work hours may include evenings and weekends when patients come in.
• Dentists wear gloves, masks, and safety glasses for protection against germs and disease.
• Dental offices are usually well lit, clean, and have air conditioning and heat.
What or Who They Work With:
• Dental hygienist
• X-ray machines
• Dental Floss
Education and Training:
• Doctoral degree
- Oral Surgeon
- Dental Hygienist
- Dental Assistant
- Orthodontic Assistant
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