DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Spring, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50.

Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Spring Creek Dentistry, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, & Dar.

The Difference Between DDS & DMD

You have the right to know what training your health care professionals have received so that you can choose the best fit for your needs. Most Spring folks know there are specialties in dental medicine, such as orthodontics (braces), periodontics (gums), and cosmetic dentistry, but what separates one dental degree from the other? The short answer: the difference is exactly one letter.

Both DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) indicate that an individual is a certified doctor of dental medicine. Although there are subtle differences in curricula within and between the two degrees, the American Dental Association considers them identical. Anyone with a DDS or DMD is qualified to practice general dentistry.

Why Are There DMDs and DDSs?

Your next question may be – why the distinction if they’re identical? Another short answer: Harvard. Before 1867, the DDS was the only dental degree available. Harvard tradition dictates their degrees have Latin names, so the Dentariae Medicinae Doctor (Doctor of Dental Medicine) or DMD debuted when they opened a dental school that same year. Now you know – there is no difference between the DDS and the DMD dental degree, except that the dentist that holds a DMD received their dental degree from Harvard.

Whether you are searching for a new dentist or your curiosity just got the best of you, we hope this article quenched your thirst for dental degree knowledge. If you have any questions or would like to vent about the silliness of DDS versus DMD degrees, please contact us at Spring Creek Dentistry today!


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Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root.

If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to contact Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, & Dar. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Spring Creek Dentistry are committed to giving you the best oral care that Spring has available. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on. Read more ›

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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, & Dar can offer Spring patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Spring Creek Dentistry, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet. Read more ›

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The Science of Tooth Decay

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone in Spring has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health [] as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, & Dar can do to protect your smile. Read more ›

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The Story of Caries Prevention

If we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Spring teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Drs. Oakley, Miller, Henley, Wendt, and Dar are going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Spring Creek Dentistry can do to help. Read more ›

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Choosing the Right Dentist

It’s no secret that Spring residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. At Spring Creek Dentistry, we understand that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Even if you decide on a different dentist, we’re always happy to help!

How to Choose the Right Dentist

There are a lot of factors to consider when looking at dentists in your area. For some Spring residents, the most important thing is proximity, so it’s easy to narrow their search by location. For others, the key ingredient is affordability; others may be looking for just the right service mix and supreme comfort. The easiest way to start your search is by setting your top three priorities. These may be location, cost, and comfort – or good reviews, service mix, and same-day appointments. Whatever is most important to you should be at the top of your list. Once you have an idea of what you need and what you want from a dentist, the process of selection becomes much easier.

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu altogether. In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Spring Creek Dentistry wants Spring residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet tooth safely.

How does it work?

Dark chocolate is known to contain high levels of antioxidants, which work with our bodies to fight bacteria and disease. Dark chocolate can contain up to four times the antioxidants found in green tea! High levels of antioxidants found in saliva have been proven to help fight periodontal (gum) disease and slow tooth decay.

What about the sugar?

Yes, chocolate does contain sugar, which is bad for your teeth. However, that is why we are recommending dark chocolate, which has lower amounts of sugar, and higher levels of cocoa (at least 70%). The high levels of antibacterial compounds found in dark chocolate actually counteract the effects of the sugars, making it a safe option for a sweet tooth. In fact, studies have found one of these compounds to be more effective in fighting cavities than fluoride!

Can I skip my nightly brushing if I have dark chocolate for dessert?

Absolutely…NOT! Even dark chocolate contains some sugar, and while some of its magical compounds help combat the effects of tooth decay, there is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing (at least twice per day) and regular checkups (every 6 months). Hopefully, however, we’ve helped rid Spring residents of their fear, guilt, and aversion when it comes to chocolate and oral health. Chocolate lovers rejoice!

For more questions concerning your oral health and the effects of your favorite foods or beverages, please give us a call or stop by Spring Creek Dentistry. Our team will be happy to talk with you.


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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Spring Creek Dentistry wants all Spring residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

Why should I stop chewing ice?

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How to Clean Teeth Like a Dentist

Oral hygiene is the foundation of good dental health. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to keep your Spring smile healthy and clean. Consider this your personal tutorial on the art of dental hygiene, instructed by the doctors and expert hygienists at Spring Creek Dentistry.

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, and Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Spring, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year; it’s not uncommon to see lips suffering from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Spring Creek Dentistry, we keep abreast of the oral health needs of Spring, so here are a few tips from Dr. Oakley, Dr. Miller, Dr. Henley and Dr. Wendt about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!

Do You Have Dry, Chapped, or Cracked Lips?

Not sure? Here are some telltale signs:

  1. Sensitive or painful lips
  2.  Smiling hurts
  3. You lick your lips often
  4. Your lips show clear signs of peeling or cracking
  5. You bleed from the corners of your mouth
  6. You have open sores or marks on your lips

How to Get Rid of Cracked Lips

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