A dentist is a physician whose practice is in the field of dentistry. This involves the mouth, teeth, gums and related areas. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.
Administer anesthetics to keep patients from feeling pain during procedures
Prescribe antibiotics or other medications
Examine x rays of teeth, gums, the jaw, and nearby areas in order to diagnose problems
Make models and measurements for dental appliances, such as dentures, to fit patients
Teach patients about diets, flossing, the use of fluoride, and other aspects of dental care