Dentistry is a specialty · 2.Dentists deal with something general practitioners don't do. In 1840, dentistry focused on removing decayed teeth and plugging cavities. Today, dentists use sophisticated methods for prevention, diagnosis and treatment. We implant teeth, identify oral cancers, use three-dimensional images to reshape a jaw, and we can treat some dental cavities medically, without the need for a drill.
We've also discovered much more about the intimate relationship between oral health and overall health. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, has been linked to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Pregnant women with periodontitis are more likely to develop preeclampsia, a potentially serious complication of pregnancy, and to deliver babies with low birth weight.