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What is a Dentist?
A dentist is a practitioner who treats various disorders of the teeth and mouth, including tooth decay and gum disease. Treatment can involve fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, tooth removal, scaling, and root canals. Dentists help prevent disease through regular checkups and by encouraging personal dental care (like brushing and flossing). All dentists take four years of undergraduate studies, followed by four years of dental school, to become either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM).