A dentist is a physician who treats diseases of the oral cavity, - it includes teeth, gums, mouth tissues and other areas of expertise. Basically dentists are your teeth doctors, who can professionally diagnose, prevent and treat different disorders of oral health.
Dental services are usually provided by a team of doctors (so-called dental auxiliary) that usually consists of dental assistants, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental technicians. This specialization of physicians is required because of the wide variety of possible duties that can be performed to maintain the oral health of patient.
In the US all dentists must receive a license to start their practice. That process requires finishing the high school with at least a bachelor’s degree, and then a future physician has to complete another 4 years of training. Graduated dentists are awarded of a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree (these degrees are equivalent). Graduated specialists then can proceed with specialty traineeship (aka residency training) ranging from 2 to 6 years.
All these studies and training are not in vain – all the dentists must be highly professional doctors, and their yearly salary (depending on the state, company size, level of education, amount of experience, etc.) starts from $72,000. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, in average dentists earn approximately $164,500 per year.