Dentists Day is celebrated March 6th of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of Dentists Day.
A dentist, also known as a ‘dental surgeon’, is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. The dentist’s supporting team aides in providing oral health services. The dental team includes dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and in some states, dental therapists.
By nature of their general training, a licensed dentist can carry out the majority of dental treatments such as restorative (dental restorations, crowns, bridges), orthodontics(Braces, Invisalign), prosthetic (dentures), endodontic (root canal) therapy, periodontal (gum) therapy, and exodontia (extraction of teeth), as well as performing examinations, taking radiographs (x-rays) and diagnosis. Dentists can also prescribe medications such as antibiotics, fluorides, pain killers, Sedatives and any other medication that serve in the treatment of the various conditions of the oral cavity.
Dentists need to take additional qualifications or training to carry out more complex treatments such as General anesthesia, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and implants. Whilst the majority of oral diseases are unique and self limiting, some conditions can indicate poor general health, and conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer.