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What Does Your Dentist’s Title Mean?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

You have likely noticed the string of letters after you dentist’s name, but do you know what they mean? Well, we are here to clarify what that list of letters actually means.

First of all, that string of consonants indicates that your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. This means that your dentist is trained and certified as a dentist and have had the proper training to treat you. If you ever run into a dentist who lacks these letters, then you’ll want to think twice before scheduling an appointment.

D.D.S. means Doctor of Dental Surgery, and D.M.D. means Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine. Whether your dentist has a D.D.S. or a D.M.D., it means that they have the same education and have met the same requirements as other dentists, but they simply have a different title.

To become a dentist, you must have completed an applicable undergraduate degree, and then you must attend four years of dental school to become a general dentist. A lot goes into your dentist’s training, so you can trust them to know what’s best for your oral health.

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Redheads More Resistant to Novocaine

Although the connection seems unlikely, there is new evidence that suggests that if you have red hair, you are more resistant to local anesthetics like Novocaine. This fact leads to redheads being about 20% more likely to have anxiety about dental procedure, and are much more likely to skip a trip to their dentist! All […]

Aug
17

Different Types of Dental X-Rays

During a dental appointment, it’s not uncommon for your dentist to want to take a closer look at what’s going on inside your mouth using an X-ray. They’re useful tools for dental professionals, but for the rest of us, they can sometimes be a little intimidating. Here’s a quick guide on some of the most […]

Jul
20

Could 3D Printing Be the Future of Root Canals?

Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. Annually, approximately 15 million are conducted. If you do the math, that’s around 41,000 a day! Despite their status as a mainstay in dentistry, as well as the best way to save a tooth, root canals can occasionally have adverse effects […]

Jul
13

The Rise of Oral Vaccines

Throughout history (and especially as of late), vaccines have been a hot topic. While vaccination is an efficient way to prevent infectious diseases, the rise of oral vaccines proves this method to be an even more efficient and cost-effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Until now, oral vaccinations have focused on preventing diseases that enter […]

Jul
13

Don’t Underestimate Smokeless Tobacco

It’s common knowledge that smoking affects your oral health, but let’s not forget about smoking’s destructive counterpart: smokeless chewing tobacco (also known as “snuff”). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, snuff is a fine grain tobacco that a user places in their mouth between their lips and gums. As saliva generates, the […]

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