Dentistry is the science and profession concerned with the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, abnormalities, or other conditions of the teeth, gums, and adjacent structures of the oral cavity.
The first book focused solely on dentistry was written by Artzney Buchlein in 1530, titled The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth.
Veterinary dentistry, a specialty of veterinary medicine, is the field of dentistry applied to the care of animals.
During the Middle Early Middle Ages in Europe, dentistry was particularly practiced by monks.
The earliest written record of dentistry appears to be a Sumerian text from 5000 B.C.E.
Other dental education exists where no post-graduate formal university training is required: cosmetic dentistry, dental implant, temporo-mandibular joint therapy.
During the Middle Ages and through the nineteenth century, dentistry was not a profession into itself, and often dental procedures were performed by barbers or general physicians.
Dentistry represents a field designed to add to human well-being and to joy.
A dentist is a healthcare professional qualified to practice dentistry.