Related Names and Titles: DMD, DDS, Dentist, Periodontist, Orthodontist, Endodontist
Dentists examine patients’ teeth and mouth and correct dental problems. Most dentists are general practitioners. This means they handle a wide variety of dental problems. They examine teeth, gums and related tissues, using dental instruments, x-rays or other diagnostic equipment. They evaluate dental health, diagnose diseases or abnormalities, and plan appropriate treatments. They advise or instruct patients regarding preventive dental care, the causes and treatment of dental problems, or oral health care services.