DENTISTS… DOCTORS OR NON-DOCTORS?

“Who are doctors? Are dentists doctors? Or are they just dentists?”

These are the general questions , which strike a layman!

According to the oxford dictionary , a doctor is defined as ‘a person who is qualified to treat people who are ill’.

When you come across some cardiac problems , or bone related problems , you go to a cardiologist and an orthopaedic surgeon respectively. The same way , when you have ‘oral illness’ , you go to a dentist , therefore they are doctors too!

The world has this particular mindset about , the term ‘doctor’ being used only for a physician(MBBS) or a specialist (MBBS,MD). Dentistry is also a field of specialty, a specialty in the study of the oral cavity. Dentists have spent 5 years of their life learning about the subject. They are thorough about the subject by the time they start practicing.

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Toothache is one of the most painful conditions humans endure. This is when dentists come to rescue.

When you are in pain , you go to the dentist , trusting him blindly that by his/her help , your pain will be relieved. After you are fine , you thank them and leave. But , where does all this respect and thankfulness go when you are asking the question about a dentist being a doctor or not? When you need them , they are there for you. But , in return they would not expect such a question by their patients!

Respect your dentist , his education & his profession by not questioning his authenticity! They are the ones who are going  to help you during your oral problems.

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