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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 14  |  Page : 92-94

Oral Physician: A Novel Epithet for Dentist


1 Rajasthan. Dental College and Hospital Jaipur, India
2 The Oxford Dental College and Hospital Bangalore, India
3 The Oxford Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

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Dentist must be called as oral physicians in order to justify their work-potential. Dentists are individuals who autonomously and definitively apply the principles of health science to the prevention, treatment and healing of disease. Individuals who autonomously and definitively apply the principles of health science to the prevention, treatment, and healing of disease are physicians. Dentistry has developed an important identity as a fully responsible, scientifically based, and anatomically focused profession linked to medicine. However, conceptually, dentistry is not a discipline distinct from medicine; dentistry is medicine. On the contrary, government and industry develop separate standards for oral health, as if the mouth could be physically separated from the body, thus erroneously narrowing down a very huge scope of a comprehensive oral health care to a trivial confme of merely dental treatment.


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