Career in Dentistry Essay

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Career in Dentistry

A Career in Dentistry
Children are often sweet and adorable, but many times they may be eating too many sweets.
According to the Channel Four News, it has been shown that the number one disease in
children is the reoccurrence of caries, also known as cavities. Could it be too many
sweets or could it be the lack of flossing and brushing teeth? For instance, many children
go to bed or wake up without brushing their teeth and go throughout the day eating all
sorts of food and candy. The result of eating and not brushing could lead to plaque build
up and decaying of teeth. This leaves a child extremely unhappy and in excruciating pain.
So who is going to fix this pain? Who is going to help prevent decay in millions of
people's mouths? Today, the world is lucky to have a well-studied field of dentistry..
Dentistry has much history, various specialties, advancements, and an irresistible salary.

Dentistry involves many tasks and a strict code of ethics that dentists must master. What
do dentists do? The best definition of dentists' duties, according to Hopke, an American
writer who wrote an educational book about various careers is, "Dentists attempt to
maintain their clients' teeth through such preventive and reparative practices as
extracting, filling, cleaning, or replacing teeth." Dentists perform corrective work such
as straightening teeth and treating diseased tissue of the gums. These tasks are sometimes
done by orthodontists rather than a dentist, but dentist also, on occasion, performs
surgical operations on the jaw or mouth, so the arch can fit false teeth (Hopke 455).

Moreover, dentists have to cater to the fears of the public. In today's society many
people have had bad experiences or have heard horror stories about dentists, so they are
generally hesitant to get work done on their teeth. In many cases, people are consumed by
so much fear at the dentist's office that the dentist will have to administer an
anesthetic and try to calm the patient's fears.

After the treatment and procedure is complete, patients leave with healthier, more
beautiful teeth, giving them the confidence to ask someone out on a date or the confidence
to smile on an important job interview. Dentistry is and has been for centuries, an
important aspect of people's lives.

Beginning in the earliest of times, dentistry was performed by physician specialized in
only one areas of care or one part of the body. During the fifth century B.C., a Greek
historian named Herodotus wrote from his observations that medicine had become so separate
that each physician was a specialist in a disease (Phinney 5).

Dentistry during early times primarily consisted of extracting a tooth if pain existed.
Some scientists have found evidence of drilling holes near the roots of the teeth to allow
any infection to drain so that pressure in the abscessed tooth could be relieved.

It has been noted that Hippocrates was the father of medicine. He attempted to give a
general understanding on health and disease. Among Hippocrates/ numerous writings is a
book titled On Affections. He wrote, "Teeth are eroded and become decayed partly by the
mucus and partly by food, when they are by nature weak and badly fixed in the mouth"
(Phinney 5). Much of what Hippocrates wrote is partially untrue and some logically absurd,
but has writings led many other people to look into the interesting studies of dentistry
and medicine.

One of these followers in the quest to find better methods of dentistry was Aristotle.
During has time more attention was put on oral hygiene. An Athenian physician, Diocles of
Carystus, stated oral hygiene should get proper attention and he gave instructions to this
end (Phinney 5). During the next few centuries, more importance was placed on good oral
hygiene. Cleaning powders were invented with contents such as crushed bones, oyster and
eggshells. At times, each of those substances was mixed with honey to make paste to clean

Later, during the fifteenth centuries, artists became more interested in the human anatomy
to enhance the accuracy of their art work. Leonardo Da Vinci dissected a human skull and
then drew what he had discovered. He was the first person to distinguish between molars
and premolars.

Not until the twentieth century did dentistry divide into specific specialties. These
specialties each accomplish a specific job. Some specialists who are widely known are
orthodontists, oral surgeons, periodontist, pedodontists, presthodontists, oral
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