by John Powers, MD - Green Dental Practice in Greenbelt
Welcome to the Dentistry Blogs. Dentistry is more than maintaining a pretty smile. Preserving the health of the teeth and gums is vital for overall health and wellness. Dentistry involves all aspects of tooth growth, gum health, oral hygiene and repairing teeth and treating oral disorders. It also includes several specialty areas including periodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics. A general dentist can perform preventive dental care and most dental repairs. Specialty dentists have additional years of training and education in their field after completing dental school. Dental care should start when infants receive their first baby teeth. Most dentistry focuses on preventive care to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Protecting teeth from decay and gum disease can extend the lifespan of teeth and prevent tooth loss. Dentistry is also important for diagnosing and treating oral disorders like mouth cancer, TMJ, oral infections, gum disease and jaw injuries. Poor oral health can lead to higher risk for serious health problems like stroke, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Learn more about oral health and protecting your smile by reading our collection of dentistry blogs.