You probably think because all dentists seemingly need to meet fairly similar requirements to pass their board examinations throughout the United States that your dentist like every other dentist must have the same or similar training. Unfortunately for you and the public in general this is not the case.
There is and has been a great difference across dental schools and also across generations. Not every dental school has the same curriculum or requirements for graduation, nor even the same emphasis in their educational programs. Another aspect that can constitute a big difference is the ethical standpoint of each dentist which may drive decision making throughout every step of your dental treatment and even more so in your oral hygiene/ck ups, preventive and continuing care.
Beyond the basic training in order to gain competency it is essential that your dentist get post-doctoral training. For your dentist to become excellent he needs many hundreds of hours of additional education and training and to be the best he needs cross training in every area of dentistry. This is because everything in your mouth is interrelated and anything that affects one structure or one part of your mouth often will cause or set up problems from some other part or aspect of the health your mouth. For example: if you have “gum recession”, you now have less bone support of your teeth and now some of the roots of your teeth are exposed to the bacteria in your mouth and because your roots are much softer and not meant to be exposed you are much more likely to get erosion, wear or decay than if your roots were not exposed. Now because there is less support your teeth may shift, which can cause your bite to change, which in turn may cause you to have a TMJ problem. So here you may start with “gum recession” but may end up with decay, erosion, or a TMJ problem. This is why it is so important for you to get the best care and the best preventive dentistry you have to go to a dentist who has extensive training and experience in as many aspects of dental care and health as possible.
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