Aesthetically the teeth are very important, structurally they allow us to consume foods that we would otherwise never be able to chew in order for it to become a bolus that can be digested by the stomach. I am often asked why I would like to become a dentist; many people find the profession to be monotonous and stressful. In fact a person told me that they had never actually met someone who wanted to become a dentist, and I was taken aback by this. Dentistry is a profession that you decide early on that you are interested in, not one that you randomly choose due to its pay. For my entire life I have always been interested in my own teeth,often when people go to the dentist, they leave without a second thought, merely forgetting their brief encounter. I was not like that. I was interested as to how the teeth worked and the unique material or substance they were made off. Now I know that the outer layer of the tooth is made out of enamel which gives it a white appearance. Beneath that layer is dentin which secretes mineral substances, this element is very important for the teeth. In Scandinavian countries there is a demand for dentists, and this profession is one that is vital for humans. People who suffer from oral or mouth cancer, could potentially be saved in the early stages of their cancer, as dentists are trained to detect signs of cancer through the status of the patient's mouth. There is a gap between technology and dentistry, I hope to bridge that gap to allow treatment of the teeth to improve in poor countries which are need of help. Diseases such as gum disease can be prevented if the teeth are kept in good conditions and regularly checked by the dentists. Looking after the teeth means that the mouth is looked after as well, bacteria from the mouth can make its way into the bloodstream which could cause clogs in the arteries, leading to a reduced blood flow which could lead to a heart attack. As you can see dentistry is an important profession that is definitely as in need as doctors are, both this occupations can save lives and allow for you to have a reputable reputation and a position of self respect.
Orthodontics is a branch to dentistry and deals with more severe cases. Orthodontics helps those people who have a problem with their teeth, either structurally or even aesthetically. Many people wear braces to allow their teeth to have the correct structure they need to consume food in their day to day lives. Sadly due to the amount of young people consuming drinks such as coca cola, their teeth have been damaged. Luckily there are methods for people's teeth to be returned to a state where they are pleasing aesthetically and for them work properly.
Dentistry is a profession that should not be taken lightly and there is certainly a demand for them. Unfortunately many people find it to be a boring profession especially due to the lack fo interest in the younger generations. Hopefully dentistry will revive to a more respected position in the view of people.