Oral health can be indicative of a number of problems elsewhere within our bodies. Dental specialties like orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and general dentistry aid us all in our oral and overall physical health. We’ve never been in such a time like today where the status of African American oral health and hygiene treatments are at an all time high.
Many people, let alone African American’s, in general aren’t that familiar with all of the various specialties in dentistry. Understanding what the dental professional actually does, brings a level of sense and security that has a positive impact on your healthcare experience.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities in the teeth (especially of alignment and occlusion) and jaws, including the use of braces. There are many types of dental braces available to aid in the treatment of the teeth through orthodontics. Those options are:
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth. Essentially, a Periodontist is concerned with the health of the gums. They help treat the disease of gingivitis.
Ever hear of a root canal? The study of endodontics deals with the treatment of diseases of the pulp. Endodontists perform about 25-30 root canals a week, in comparison to that of a general dentist. The general dentist only performs about 5-10 a week.
A General Dentists is one of the main providers of dental healthcare to people of all ages. From cavity filling, to general bi-annual cleanings, those levels of treatment are all handled under the world of general dentistry. They’re the ones that tell you to make sure to floss after every meal. Including breakfast.
Hopefully we’ve been able to give you a bit of insight into the world of general dentistry. The world of dentistry and African-Americans are getting more of a close relationship.