A general dentist, or simply dentist, specializes in primary dental care: the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity (mouth, teeth and gums) and the maxillofacial area (head, neck, face and jaw). Dentists also maintain the function and appearance of these areas. The overall goal is to help people keep their teeth, mouth and gums healthy.
A dentist typically:
A general dentist may also be known by the following terms: dentist, primary dentist, tooth doctor, family dentist, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).
There are 234771 specialists practicing Dentistry in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.4 stars. There are 2013 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Dentistry specialists, including Augusta University Medical Center, NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital.