What is a General Dentist?

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There are many fields of dentistry and many titles your dentist may have, but what does it really mean to be a general dentist.

What is a general dentist?

A general dentist can treat people of all ages and is often the primary dental care giver. They are responsible for treating, diagnosing, and coordinating services so that all your oral health needs are met. Your general dentist may refer you to a specialist, perhaps even your family physician, for necessary care.

How much education is required of general dentists?

Most often, they will receive a four-year undergraduate degree and then complete four years of dental school. After all of that schooling, dentists must pass their state’s licensing exam before they can practice dentistry. After they begin working as a general dentist, they continue to learn by taking classes and seminars required to keep their license current.

What kinds of procedures to general dentists perform?

They are highly trained and are qualified to perform a variety of dental procedures including:

What is the difference between DDS and DMD?

DDS stands for doctor of dental surgery, DMD stands for doctor of dental medicine. General dentists may have either of these titles and they require they same amount of education. Dr. Aaron D. Johnson has a title of DMD from Harvard University, one of the few schools that offer that degree.

How often should I see my general dentist?

This can very for each person, but your dentist will probably recommend a cleaning and check-up two times a year.


For more information about Dr. Aaron D. Johnson, a general dentist at The Smile Center, check out this video. This includes the fascinationg story about how he decided to become a general dentist.