A dentist is a medical doctor who focuses on oral health, including teeth, and gums. Through diagnostic tools, procedures, and instruments, they carefully and thoroughly examine patients’ teeth and mouth to check for oral disease, diagnose dental issues and evaluate overall oral and dental health. They perform preventive dental care and complete routine dental procedures. They also educate patients on the importance of good oral hygiene, and recommend devices and dental appliances. A dentist typically enjoys a flexible schedule and works for a dental practice, a private practice, or a public health department.