Dentistry involves the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disorders of the mouth, teeth, gums, and adjacent areas. The diseases and issues that are treated by dentists are gum disease and tooth decay (dental caries), root canals, extractions, and teeth restoration, among many others. Find out more about dentistry and how it can improve the health of your mouth.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
WebMD explains how sedation dentistry works, what it involves, and how you can sleep through your next dentist appointment.
Taking Dental Medications
WebMD provides an overview of dental medications, including questions to ask your dentist and safety guidelines.
Air Abrasion: Dental Care Without the Drill
Learn about air abrasion, a technique some dentists use to remove tooth decay without a drill.
Laser Use in Dentistry
Learn more from WebMD about the use of lasers in your dentist's office, including pros and cons.
Coping With Dental Phobia
Going to the dentist is less painful than it used to be. So is talking to your dentist.
Open Wide and Relax -- Really!
From movies to massages -- pampering at the dentist's office is becoming more popular.
The Truth About Enamel Shaping
WebMD explains how enamel shaping works. It's a quick technique done in your dentist's office that can smooth out a small chip or a rough spot on your tooth.
Do You Dread the Dentist?
These in-office techniques and treatments can ease your anxiety.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Recognize This Celebrity Smile
Can you recognize these celebrity smiles? See photos of some Hollywood smiles. See who's behind these famous grins and why they're so appealing.
Slideshow: Cosmetic Dentistry -- Before-and-After Pictures
Want to improve your smile? See what braces, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, bridges, gum reshaping -- or even a complete dental makeover -- can do for your smile.