Dentists diagnose and treat problems occurring with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.
Although most dentists practice in general office settings, many choose to work in areas other than a basic family practice. Dentists may work in hospitals and specialty clinics as orthodontists, endodontists. periodontists and prosthodontists. As is the case with other medical doctors, dentists may also practice as radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, and public health specialists.