Why Is National Doctors’ Day Separate from National Dentists’ Day?

March 31, 2017

Have you wondered why there is a separate National Doctor’s Day, and another one dedicated to Dentists?

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

In addressing why dentistry is separate from medicine, The Atlantic magazine reviews the newly published book “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America“.  Stating that “Doctors are doctors, and dentists are dentists, and never the twain shall meet”, the Atlantic ponders why “your doctor doesn’t ask you if you’re flossing, and your dentist doesn’t ask you if you’re exercising”?

“Specializing in one part of the body isn’t what’s weird—it would be one thing if dentists were like dermatologists or cardiologists. The weird thing is that oral care is divorced from medicine’s education system, physician networks, medical records, and payment systems, so that a dentist is not just a special kind of doctor, but another profession entirely.”

The New York Times’ review of this thought provoking book indicates:

“If the idea of death from tooth decay is shocking, it might be because we so rarely talk about the condition of our teeth as a serious health issue. Instead, we think of our teeth as the ultimate personal responsibility. We fear the dentist because we fear judgment as well as pain; we are used to the implication that if we have a tooth problem, if our teeth are decaying or crooked or yellow, it is because we have failed, and failed at something so intimate that it means we ourselves are failures.”

Are Our Teeth Separate From The Rest Of Us?

In an interview with the author Mary Otto, the syndicated show host Sonali states:

“Dental care in the United States is often lumped in with the idea of cosmetic work. We have healthcare and then we have dental care – as if our teeth were separate from the rest of us. Dental care is expensive, prohibitive, and often incurs huge out-of-pocket expenses. Yet we judge our fellow Americans by the health and look of their teeth: straight, white teeth are a mark of health and prosperity while crooked, yellow teeth are a mark of poverty and neglect.

The struggle over oral health in the US is a serious matter, intimately linked to poverty and inequality.”

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Our dentists Farah Farhoumand, DDS and Foad Farhoumand, DDS, our hygienists and team know that a healthy body includes a healthy mouth.

If you find these book reviews thought provoking, we invite you to call us at Farhoumand Dentistry and schedule your dentist visit. Whether you are a new patient or not, we would be grateful for the privilege of providing you with high quality dental care!

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