So how important is a sparkling white smile? And how do you get one? Have you ever wanted to know what all those weird numbers and letters that your dentist calls out during your check up mean? One of the best ways to find out more about dentistry, as with many other subjects if you’re suitably careful about your sources, is through the Internet. We’ll give you a few websites to help quench your thirst for knowledge.
The American Dental Association (ADA) is widely regarded as the premier educational center for dentists, dental technicians, and patients. ADA is the largest and oldest dental association in the United States and is the leading regulator in the dental medicine sector in the country, representing more than 157,000 dental health care workers.
Their website has thousands of articles, videos, graphics and photos that are available to the general public, as well as a vast selection of medical journals, essays and books for registered members. A section of the website is geared towards patients, featuring a huge selection of educational materials, how-to guides, tips, compendiums and a complete list of dental specialists. A special section of the website is focused on dental medicine and technological research, presenting the latest breakthroughs in the industry to the general public as well as professionals in the field.
Guidance on how to become a dentist or dental technician is also available, and there is a special support center for recovering patients. Additionally, a complete schedule of public and private events is featured on the homepage, a very helpful feature for both the general public and dental health care professionals.
The ADA also runs MouthHealthy, a website geared towards the general public, which offers a huge variety of helpful articles on dentistry, guides, videos, nutritional information and other important information. The website is neatly organized, with sections for most demographic groups: pregnant women, children, teens, adults under 40, adults 40 to 60, and adults over 60.
KnowYourTeeth is run by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and is designed as a resource center for consumers. It is a place where you can find the newest and best information about dentistry in a user-friendly format. AGD has been a leading educator for dentists for more than 50 years and has continuously provided guidance and help for patients, caregivers, and technicians through its numerous publications. According to AGD, the website is a modern way to connect patients and dentists, in order to facilitate better communication and understanding between them.
The website has hundreds of articles about various dental conditions, diseases and cures, hundreds of explanatory and informational videos, how-to guides, tips, hints, and a vast FAQ section. The most interesting feature on the website is the new Dental Diary widget, which was specifically designed to help patients schedule and track their dental care. Users can create their own personalized dental diaries and use the special features of the software, such as the Patient Advisor, The Life of a Tooth and the InfoBites section.
There are many other great websites out there, whether they’re designed for patients, oral hygiene specialists, dental technicians and dentists that can help you learn everything you want to know about this wonderful profession. These websites will help you demystify the various roles of dentists, explore various dental diseases and conditions, find out how to cure them and provide other educational materials that will help you better understand dental medicine as a whole. You may even find yourself “in the know” next time you’re at your appointment with Dr. Johnson and your hygienists are talking shop!
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