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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.

Jan
16

Is Your City Fluoridating Their water? Here’s One That Didn’t

Although scientists have already provided ample evidence that fluoridating drinking water can help reduce dental carries (cavities), many cities still choose to forego fluoridation. If your city is choosing to stop fluoridating their water or if the water isn’t currently being fluoridated, this story of what happened in Juneau, Alaska might be a wake-up call. […]

Dec
9

The Abuse of Teeth in Nursing Homes

By the time you have reached your seventies, your teeth are tired. Even with proper care and regular trips to the dentist, your teeth and gums have gone through a lifetime of wear and tear. Teeth can withstand this wear and tear if they have received proper care and treatment throughout their life, but for […]

Dec
2

What is Enamel and How Does it Work?

If you’ve ever been to the dentist, then you’ve heard them talk about enamel. Dentists spend a lot of time talking to their patients about enamel, plaque, and tooth decay. We believe that to really understand how to keep your teeth healthy, you have to know what enamel is and how best to take care […]

Nov
25

Treating Cracked and Chipped Teeth

Cracked a Tooth? Cracking or chipping your tooth can be extremely painful. While a chipped or cracked tooth may cause issues with chewing, biting, and eating, it can also cause further harm to your other teeth. What Happens? A cracked tooth can cause harm to the root of the tooth and can sometimes lead to […]

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