Traditionally, dentistry has been the branch of the healing arts and sciences devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums, and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and adjacent structures. Yet, a dentist is a scientist and clinician dedicated to the highest standards of health care through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases and conditions. The notion of dentists as those who merely “tooth mechanics” is completely out of touch with the roll of modern dentists.
Today, dentists are highly sophisticated health professionals who provide a wide range of care that contributes enormously to the quality of their patients’ day-to-day lives as it relates to the patient’s global health care. Yes, dentists work to prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, malocclusion, and oral-facial anomalies. But a more important aspect of the dentist’s role is diagnosing oral issues that may be affecting your overall health. Dentists are instrumental in early detection of oral cancer and systemic conditions of the body that manifest themselves in the mouth, and they are at the forefront of a range of new developments in cosmetic and aesthetic practices.
While it may be difficult for many to move beyond earlier perceptions, the dental profession includes not only those who provide direct patient care, but those who teach, conduct research, and work in public and international health. All of these individuals are vital links in the health care delivery system, necessary to promote social and economic change as well as individual well-being. Dentists understand the importance of and have made contributions to serving both disadvantaged populations and populations with limited access to dental care.
As the world changes so does the role of the dentist. As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at our office in Sandy Springs. We now offer saliva DNA screening to detect HPV potentials.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
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