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Dentists and doctors… two words which are part of a language. Why do we have a language in first place? We need to communicate our ideas. Sadly, there is no space here to debate ideas about how we create our concepts. No matter how, we objectivize our thoughts through language, through words. Words have power. You can seduce someone into doing something if you use the appropriate words (words that are meaningful for the individual you plan to seduce).

Wait a minute, is this article about difference between dentists and doctors or what? Pretty much but we need to talk about what we understand for dentist and doctor because there is an issue around the word “doctor” having several meanings and being misused in France, and other countries.

And this is the big trouble here: how can we understand what a dentist ( dentiste garde ) differences from a doctor if we are not sure or do not agree what doctor is? We can’t. After telling you what doctor is and the misconception around that word, I hope you get some ideas on how a dentist is different from a doctor.

Before starting, I want to make clear another topic. Since people give different meanings to “doctor”, I am going to show you the difference between dentists and doctors based on some misconceptions.

At the end of this article, I hope I have helped you to make clear what a doctor is and how is different from a dentist.

Let’s begin

Doctor is a title. That’s it. Who can be a doctor? Any professional who is engaged in a doctorate in any science. Wait a minute, any science? Including philosophy? Should I call a philosopher a doctor? Yes, yes and it depends. What does it depend on? If this philosopher guy has a doctorate in philosophy or in other area of knowledge.

In many countries, this confusion exists. France is one of those, you can see it by yourself anytime you go to hospitals in France. There, a doctorate in philosophy is almost worthless and it isn’t better than a master of science. Additionally, if you happen to be not a medical doctor, but you are a doctor because you got your degree on it, you are not going to be mentioned as a doctor in official reports. So, this confusion has deep and strong roots even between healthcare professionals.

Back to the title thing, do you agree with all scientist being called doctor after getting its grades? Yes? Then, if whatever scientist can be a doctor, how do you call them then? Physicians. Physicians can be doctors too (they are! You might say this, I am laughing at this point). Well, yeah, we are used to call them doctors but because they usually are! They must be!

Physicians have to study a lot to keep updated on what’s going on in their sciences. Medicine is one of the sciences we consider very important and, because of it, too many investigations are performed every year to find solutions to healthcare problems like a cure to cancer or VIH or any terminal disease.

Did you now that the University of Singularity is working on a cure to the aging? Yeah, they consider aging as a disease and are working on a cure to that using sperm and Carcinogenic cells because these are the only cells that are not affected by the aging process.

To keep up on things like these, physicians need to study always! And they do it in advance because, after 6 years of undergraduate education, they have to work, for free, for a year in a community so they learn how to treat patients in the field. And guess what, there is no way you can work as a physician with no postgraduate titles. So, they usually go for a doctorate and then they become doctors. It is pretty common. That might explain why we call them doctors.

Something similar happens with lawyers, but, in this case, you will be most likely calling doctors to a bunch of non-postgraduate professionals.

Anyway, back to doctors, yeah, they usually study postgraduate programs to specialize in a part of the human body or they can have an overlook of the body as a whole (internists). Nonetheless, that does not mean another scientist cannot attend and finish a postgraduate program. Again, even a philosopher can be a doctor if he gets a postgraduate certificate. That’s how it works.

At this point, can we tell there is no difference between dentists and doctors. No, there is no such difference. Dentist can be doctors and, as physicians, they usually take undergraduate courses to specialize in one area of dentist or to become an orthodontist, endodontist, or a maxillofacial surgeon and other specializations dentists can do.

Ok, now let’s say that physicians are the only one to be called as doctors. Here we can ask, is there any difference? Yes, of course, you might yell. Surprisingly, dentists and physicians do the very same work! The only difference here is the part of the body you are studying or taking care of. Say, you studied medicine and you want to major odontology… in this case, you just need to learn technical knowledge because you already know how body works and what is the best-known treatment for any kind of diseases.

Even dentist can be consulted by patients just like you do with your physicians, they can refer you to another specialist if they see it fits, or even give you a recipe to buy drugs in the drugstore. The only difference between dentists and physicians is related with the field of knowledge they have chosen. While a dentist specializes in the mouth and related parts of the body, physicians study the whole body even though they might specialize in a specific part of the body becoming, say, an ophthalmologist or traumatologist, etc.

That’s the only difference I see here. However, some folks might say here that dentists earn more money than physicians or vice versa. That’s not a difference at all and it has something to do with economics, specifically with prices and its formation in markets.

First of all, why do we use a physician or a dentist? An answer could be that we have a need to be satisfied. So, you got your need and something to trade with the physician or the dentist. Let’s say that you are the only human willing to spend money on medical and dentists’ services. This guy enjoys a nice life with decent health but a tooth breaks apart and need help and treatment. Is he going to the physician or to the dentists or both? If he goes to the physician, this one will earn more than the dentists and vice versa. But, this guy would be in better hands if he goes to the dentist, don’t you agree? What about both so physicians and dentists earn the same? Hmm that would mean that you got enough money to spend on your dentist and waste it on your physician.

Moreover, we are constantly changing, our ideas flow quickly, and whenever we want to act, we will need all the help from others because we can’t do anything alone. How do we do that? After deciding what to do next and having in mind what means we need to reach our goal, we have to go to markets to find all materials required for our project. And we choose who to buy the means we need. Every time we make a decision, someone gets more money than other, that’s natural, that’s normal, that’s how we work. Expecting that someday somehow physicians and dentists will earn the same is kind of a waste of time.

In other words, it is impossible that physicians and dentists earn the same because individuals willing to pay for their services has their own needs and they are going to pay for the guy who solve their issue and that’s it. Physicians and dentist earn different amounts of money because of consumers! Additionally, we are acting constantly thus using the markets which is why prices always change. In fact, changing is part of prices’ nature! This is another reason why physicians and dentist won’t ever earn the same.

How do we solve this dilemma? There is nothing to solve but accept that people have different needs and that prices change periodically so you can’t tell whether you are paying more or less money (unless you compare two prices in the same timeline, I mean, it is worthless comparing actual prices with those from years ago). It is natural that one earns more than another.

This does not mean that it can happen that objectively, physicians earn more because they are more useful than dentists (the contrary situation can be suggested by some folks) because prices don’t come up from the characteristics of the object itself but from the way we humans valuate objects.

And we do that by realizing that certain objects can satisfy certain needs. What happen if we don’t have the objects we desire? We need to ask someone who has it to give it to us. Most likely, this individual will say no until we give him something he likes. Whatever we give in exchange is the price of the object of our desire, and the object of our desire is the price of whatever we give in exchange. For example, say that I need a crown in a molar but I don’t have any kind of legal currency so I pay using bitcoins (it might not be illegal, but not regulated). The number of bitcoins is the price of a crown in a molar and a crown in a molar is the price of a number of bitcoins. That’s a price: exchange terms, I give you this to receive that, you give me that to receive this.

Moving forward, there is another issue with titles, dentists and doctors. What in the world is DDS and DMD? The first one stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery while the second one stands for Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. See how both are titles for dentists and they include the word “doctor”? As I said, even dentists can be doctors. Anyway, the issue here is… what’s the difference? There is none. Both are high qualified to satisfy your needs. Both are asked to update their skills by studying newest techniques in the field. In fact, the reason why they call different is just because different universities decided to have their own name for doctors in dentistry. Fancy names rules.

Furthermore, you might find a dentist with additional letters in his flap such as FICOI or MAGD. This does not represent an university degree, but additional trainings dentists usually do. Next time you go to your dentist, pay attention on the letters over his flap. If you see FICOI, MAGD or other letters, please ask for the meaning. He will be pleased for that because you are giving him a chance to talk about something he is passionate with.

In conclusion, doctor is a title all scientists engaged and finished a doctoral study can be called doctor. By the way, there is no such difference between physicians and dentists except for the type of work each one performs. While physicians study the whole body and then specializes in one part, dentist just study mouth and related healthcare issues. You might also think that a dentist is a physician specialized in teeth and mouth and that can work out.

Dentist has several titles which lead to confusion. Some universities call them Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and others call them Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD). While DDS title make it sound like dentists are an unrelated profession, DMD drives you to think that they are physicians with an expertise on dental healthcare.

In the end, titles are not important. Good service at low price is more important than that because you got that, you got clients and a source of living. However, it is true that title diminish uncertainty on individuals that might want your services but are not that sure whether they should risk their money and go with you (say, a guy with no certificate from any recognized university).

That’s all for now, if you have comments, please write them below. Thanks for reading!

Dentists and doctors… two words which are part of a language. Why do we have a language in first place? We need to communicate our ideas. Sadly, there is no space here to debate ideas about how we create our concepts. No matter how, we objectivize our thoughts through language, through words. Words have power. You can seduce someone into doing something if you use the appropriate words (words that are meaningful for the individual you plan to seduce).

Wait a minute, is this article about difference between dentists and doctors or what? Pretty much but we need to talk about what we understand for dentist and doctor because there is an issue around the word “doctor” having several meanings and being misused in France, and other countries.

And this is the big trouble here: how can we understand what a dentist differences from a doctor if we are not sure or do not agree what doctor is? We can’t. After telling you what doctor is and the misconception around that word, I hope you get some ideas on how a dentist is different from a doctor.

Before starting, I want to make clear another topic. Since people give different meanings to “doctor”, I am going to show you the difference between dentists and doctors based on some misconceptions.

At the end of this article, I hope I have helped you to make clear what a doctor is and how is different from a dentist.

Let’s begin

Doctor is a title. That’s it. Who can be a doctor? Any professional who is engaged in a doctorate in any science. Wait a minute, any science? Including philosophy? Should I call a philosopher a doctor? Yes, yes and it depends. What does it depend on? If this philosopher guy has a doctorate in philosophy or in other area of knowledge.

In many countries, this confusion exists. France is one of those, you can see it by yourself anytime you go to hospitals in France. There, a doctorate in philosophy is almost worthless and it isn’t better than a master of science. Additionally, if you happen to be not a medical doctor, but you are a doctor because you got your degree on it, you are not going to be mentioned as a doctor in official reports. So, this confusion has deep and strong roots even between healthcare professionals.

Back to the title thing, do you agree with all scientist being called doctor after getting its grades? Yes? Then, if whatever scientist can be a doctor, how do you call them then? Physicians. Physicians can be doctors too (they are! You might say this, I am laughing at this point). Well, yeah, we are used to call them doctors but because they usually are! They must be!

Physicians have to study a lot to keep updated on what’s going on in their sciences. Medicine is one of the sciences we consider very important and, because of it, too many investigations are performed every year to find solutions to healthcare problems like a cure to cancer or VIH or any terminal disease.

Did you now that the University of Singularity is working on a cure to the aging? Yeah, they consider aging as a disease and are working on a cure to that using sperm and Carcinogenic cells because these are the only cells that are not affected by the aging process.

To keep up on things like these, physicians need to study always! And they do it in advance because, after 6 years of undergraduate education, they have to work, for free, for a year in a community so they learn how to treat patients in the field. And guess what, there is no way you can work as a physician with no postgraduate titles. So, they usually go for a doctorate and then they become doctors. It is pretty common. That might explain why we call them doctors.

Something similar happens with lawyers, but, in this case, you will be most likely calling doctors to a bunch of non-postgraduate professionals.

Anyway, back to doctors, yeah, they usually study postgraduate programs to specialize in a part of the human body or they can have an overlook of the body as a whole (internists). Nonetheless, that does not mean another scientist cannot attend and finish a postgraduate program. Again, even a philosopher can be a doctor if he gets a postgraduate certificate. That’s how it works.

At this point, can we tell there is no difference between dentists and doctors. No, there is no such difference. Dentist can be doctors and, as physicians, they usually take undergraduate courses to specialize in one area of dentist or to become an orthodontist, endodontist, or a maxillofacial surgeon and other specializations dentists can do.

Ok, now let’s say that physicians are the only one to be called as doctors. Here we can ask, is there any difference? Yes, of course, you might yell. Surprisingly, dentists and physicians do the very same work! The only difference here is the part of the body you are studying or taking care of. Say, you studied medicine and you want to major odontology… in this case, you just need to learn technical knowledge because you already know how body works and what is the best-known treatment for any kind of diseases.

Even dentist can be consulted by patients just like you do with your physicians, they can refer you to another specialist if they see it fits, or even give you a recipe to buy drugs in the drugstore. The only difference between dentists and physicians is related with the field of knowledge they have chosen. While a dentist specializes in the mouth and related parts of the body, physicians study the whole body even though they might specialize in a specific part of the body becoming, say, an ophthalmologist or traumatologist, etc.

That’s the only difference I see here. However, some folks might say here that dentists earn more money than physicians or vice versa. That’s not a difference at all and it has something to do with economics, specifically with prices and its formation in markets.

First of all, why do we use a physician or a dentist? An answer could be that we have a need to be satisfied. So, you got your need and something to trade with the physician or the dentist. Let’s say that you are the only human willing to spend money on medical and dentists’ services. This guy enjoys a nice life with decent health but a tooth breaks apart and need help and treatment. Is he going to the physician or to the dentists or both? If he goes to the physician, this one will earn more than the dentists and vice versa. But, this guy would be in better hands if he goes to the dentist, don’t you agree? What about both so physicians and dentists earn the same? Hmm that would mean that you got enough money to spend on your dentist and waste it on your physician.

Moreover, we are constantly changing, our ideas flow quickly, and whenever we want to act, we will need all the help from others because we can’t do anything alone. How do we do that? After deciding what to do next and having in mind what means we need to reach our goal, we have to go to markets to find all materials required for our project. And we choose who to buy the means we need. Every time we make a decision, someone gets more money than other, that’s natural, that’s normal, that’s how we work. Expecting that someday somehow physicians and dentists will earn the same is kind of a waste of time.

In other words, it is impossible that physicians and dentists earn the same because individuals willing to pay for their services has their own needs and they are going to pay for the guy who solve their issue and that’s it. Physicians and dentist earn different amounts of money because of consumers! Additionally, we are acting constantly thus using the markets which is why prices always change. In fact, changing is part of prices’ nature! This is another reason why physicians and dentist won’t ever earn the same.

How do we solve this dilemma? There is nothing to solve but accept that people have different needs and that prices change periodically so you can’t tell whether you are paying more or less money (unless you compare two prices in the same timeline, I mean, it is worthless comparing actual prices with those from years ago). It is natural that one earns more than another.

This does not mean that it can happen that objectively, physicians earn more because they are more useful than dentists (the contrary situation can be suggested by some folks) because prices don’t come up from the characteristics of the object itself but from the way we humans valuate objects.

And we do that by realizing that certain objects can satisfy certain needs. What happen if we don’t have the objects we desire? We need to ask someone who has it to give it to us. Most likely, this individual will say no until we give him something he likes. Whatever we give in exchange is the price of the object of our desire, and the object of our desire is the price of whatever we give in exchange. For example, say that I need a crown in a molar but I don’t have any kind of legal currency so I pay using bitcoins (it might not be illegal, but not regulated). The number of bitcoins is the price of a crown in a molar and a crown in a molar is the price of a number of bitcoins. That’s a price: exchange terms, I give you this to receive that, you give me that to receive this.

Moving forward, there is another issue with titles, dentists and doctors. What in the world is DDS and DMD? The first one stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery while the second one stands for Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. See how both are titles for dentists and they include the word “doctor”? As I said, even dentists can be doctors. Anyway, the issue here is… what’s the difference? There is none. Both are high qualified to satisfy your needs. Both are asked to update their skills by studying newest techniques in the field. In fact, the reason why they call different is just because different universities decided to have their own name for doctors in dentistry. Fancy names rules.

Furthermore, you might find a dentist with additional letters in his flap such as FICOI or MAGD. This does not represent an university degree, but additional trainings dentists usually do. Next time you go to your dentist, pay attention on the letters over his flap. If you see FICOI, MAGD or other letters, please ask for the meaning. He will be pleased for that because you are giving him a chance to talk about something he is passionate with.

In conclusion, doctor is a title all scientists engaged and finished a doctoral study can be called doctor. By the way, there is no such difference between physicians and dentists except for the type of work each one performs. While physicians study the whole body and then specializes in one part, dentist just study mouth and related healthcare issues. You might also think that a dentist is a physician specialized in teeth and mouth and that can work out.

Dentist has several titles which lead to confusion. Some universities call them Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and others call them Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD). While DDS title make it sound like dentists are an unrelated profession, DMD drives you to think that they are physicians with an expertise on dental healthcare.

In the end, titles are not important. Good service at low price is more important than that because you got that, you got clients and a source of living. However, it is true that title diminish uncertainty on individuals that might want your services but are not that sure whether they should risk their money and go with you (say, a guy with no certificate from any recognized university).

That’s all for now, if you have comments, please write them below. Thanks for reading!

Dentists and doctors… two words which are part of a language. Why do we have a language in first place? We need to communicate our ideas. Sadly, there is no space here to debate ideas about how we create our concepts. No matter how, we objectivize our thoughts through language, through words. Words have power. You can seduce someone into doing something if you use the appropriate words (words that are meaningful for the individual you plan to seduce).

Wait a minute, is this article about difference between dentists and doctors or what? Pretty much but we need to talk about what we understand for dentist and doctor because there is an issue around the word “doctor” having several meanings and being misused in France, and other countries.

And this is the big trouble here: how can we understand what a dentist differences from a doctor if we are not sure or do not agree what doctor is? We can’t. After telling you what doctor is and the misconception around that word, I hope you get some ideas on how a dentist is different from a doctor.

Before starting, I want to make clear another topic. Since people give different meanings to “doctor”, I am going to show you the difference between dentists and doctors based on some misconceptions.

At the end of this article, I hope I have helped you to make clear what a doctor is and how is different from a dentist.

Let’s begin

Doctor is a title. That’s it. Who can be a doctor? Any professional who is engaged in a doctorate in any science. Wait a minute, any science? Including philosophy? Should I call a philosopher a doctor? Yes, yes and it depends. What does it depend on? If this philosopher guy has a doctorate in philosophy or in other area of knowledge.

In many countries, this confusion exists. France is one of those, you can see it by yourself anytime you go to hospitals in France. There, a doctorate in philosophy is almost worthless and it isn’t better than a master of science. Additionally, if you happen to be not a medical doctor, but you are a doctor because you got your degree on it, you are not going to be mentioned as a doctor in official reports. So, this confusion has deep and strong roots even between healthcare professionals.

Back to the title thing, do you agree with all scientist being called doctor after getting its grades? Yes? Then, if whatever scientist can be a doctor, how do you call them then? Physicians. Physicians can be doctors too (they are! You might say this, I am laughing at this point). Well, yeah, we are used to call them doctors but because they usually are! They must be!

Physicians have to study a lot to keep updated on what’s going on in their sciences. Medicine is one of the sciences we consider very important and, because of it, too many investigations are performed every year to find solutions to healthcare problems like a cure to cancer or VIH or any terminal disease.

Did you now that the University of Singularity is working on a cure to the aging? Yeah, they consider aging as a disease and are working on a cure to that using sperm and Carcinogenic cells because these are the only cells that are not affected by the aging process.

To keep up on things like these, physicians need to study always! And they do it in advance because, after 6 years of undergraduate education, they have to work, for free, for a year in a community so they learn how to treat patients in the field. And guess what, there is no way you can work as a physician with no postgraduate titles. So, they usually go for a doctorate and then they become doctors. It is pretty common. That might explain why we call them doctors.

Something similar happens with lawyers, but, in this case, you will be most likely calling doctors to a bunch of non-postgraduate professionals.

Anyway, back to doctors, yeah, they usually study postgraduate programs to specialize in a part of the human body or they can have an overlook of the body as a whole (internists). Nonetheless, that does not mean another scientist cannot attend and finish a postgraduate program. Again, even a philosopher can be a doctor if he gets a postgraduate certificate. That’s how it works.

At this point, can we tell there is no difference between dentists and doctors. No, there is no such difference. Dentist can be doctors and, as physicians, they usually take undergraduate courses to specialize in one area of dentist or to become an orthodontist, endodontist, or a maxillofacial surgeon and other specializations dentists can do.

Ok, now let’s say that physicians are the only one to be called as doctors. Here we can ask, is there any difference? Yes, of course, you might yell. Surprisingly, dentists and physicians do the very same work! The only difference here is the part of the body you are studying or taking care of. Say, you studied medicine and you want to major odontology… in this case, you just need to learn technical knowledge because you already know how body works and what is the best-known treatment for any kind of diseases.

Even dentist can be consulted by patients just like you do with your physicians, they can refer you to another specialist if they see it fits, or even give you a recipe to buy drugs in the drugstore. The only difference between dentists and physicians is related with the field of knowledge they have chosen. While a dentist specializes in the mouth and related parts of the body, physicians study the whole body even though they might specialize in a specific part of the body becoming, say, an ophthalmologist or traumatologist, etc.

That’s the only difference I see here. However, some folks might say here that dentists earn more money than physicians or vice versa. That’s not a difference at all and it has something to do with economics, specifically with prices and its formation in markets.

First of all, why do we use a physician or a dentist? An answer could be that we have a need to be satisfied. So, you got your need and something to trade with the physician or the dentist. Let’s say that you are the only human willing to spend money on medical and dentists’ services. This guy enjoys a nice life with decent health but a tooth breaks apart and need help and treatment. Is he going to the physician or to the dentists or both? If he goes to the physician, this one will earn more than the dentists and vice versa. But, this guy would be in better hands if he goes to the dentist, don’t you agree? What about both so physicians and dentists earn the same? Hmm that would mean that you got enough money to spend on your dentist and waste it on your physician.

Moreover, we are constantly changing, our ideas flow quickly, and whenever we want to act, we will need all the help from others because we can’t do anything alone. How do we do that? After deciding what to do next and having in mind what means we need to reach our goal, we have to go to markets to find all materials required for our project. And we choose who to buy the means we need. Every time we make a decision, someone gets more money than other, that’s natural, that’s normal, that’s how we work. Expecting that someday somehow physicians and dentists will earn the same is kind of a waste of time.

In other words, it is impossible that physicians and dentists earn the same because individuals willing to pay for their services has their own needs and they are going to pay for the guy who solve their issue and that’s it. Physicians and dentist earn different amounts of money because of consumers! Additionally, we are acting constantly thus using the markets which is why prices always change. In fact, changing is part of prices’ nature! This is another reason why physicians and dentist won’t ever earn the same.

How do we solve this dilemma? There is nothing to solve but accept that people have different needs and that prices change periodically so you can’t tell whether you are paying more or less money (unless you compare two prices in the same timeline, I mean, it is worthless comparing actual prices with those from years ago). It is natural that one earns more than another.

This does not mean that it can happen that objectively, physicians earn more because they are more useful than dentists (the contrary situation can be suggested by some folks) because prices don’t come up from the characteristics of the object itself but from the way we humans valuate objects.

And we do that by realizing that certain objects can satisfy certain needs. What happen if we don’t have the objects we desire? We need to ask someone who has it to give it to us. Most likely, this individual will say no until we give him something he likes. Whatever we give in exchange is the price of the object of our desire, and the object of our desire is the price of whatever we give in exchange. For example, say that I need a crown in a molar but I don’t have any kind of legal currency so I pay using bitcoins (it might not be illegal, but not regulated). The number of bitcoins is the price of a crown in a molar and a crown in a molar is the price of a number of bitcoins. That’s a price: exchange terms, I give you this to receive that, you give me that to receive this.

Moving forward, there is another issue with titles, dentists and doctors. What in the world is DDS and DMD? The first one stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery while the second one stands for Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. See how both are titles for dentists and they include the word “doctor”? As I said, even dentists can be doctors. Anyway, the issue here is… what’s the difference? There is none. Both are high qualified to satisfy your needs. Both are asked to update their skills by studying newest techniques in the field. In fact, the reason why they call different is just because different universities decided to have their own name for doctors in dentistry. Fancy names rules.

Furthermore, you might find a dentist with additional letters in his flap such as FICOI or MAGD. This does not represent an university degree, but additional trainings dentists usually do. Next time you go to your dentist, pay attention on the letters over his flap. If you see FICOI, MAGD or other letters, please ask for the meaning. He will be pleased for that because you are giving him a chance to talk about something he is passionate with.

In conclusion, doctor is a title all scientists engaged and finished a doctoral study can be called doctor. By the way, there is no such difference between physicians and dentists except for the type of work each one performs. While physicians study the whole body and then specializes in one part, dentist just study mouth and related healthcare issues. You might also think that a dentist is a physician specialized in teeth and mouth and that can work out.

Dentist has several titles which lead to confusion. Some universities call them Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and others call them Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD). While DDS title make it sound like dentists are an unrelated profession, DMD drives you to think that they are physicians with an expertise on dental healthcare.

In the end, titles are not important. Good service at low price is more important than that because you got that, you got clients and a source of living. However, it is true that title diminish uncertainty on individuals that might want your services but are not that sure whether they should risk their money and go with you (say, a guy with no certificate from any recognized university).