American Dental Association: Professional society representing the field of dentistry.Dentists: Individuals licensed to practice DENTISTRY.Ethics, Dental: The principles of proper professional conduct concerning the rights and duties of the dentist, relations with patients and fellow practitioners, as well as actions of the dentist in patient care and interpersonal relations with patient families. (From Stedman, 25th ed)Schools, Dental: Educational institutions for individuals specializing in the field of dentistry.Evidence-Based Dentistry: An approach or process of practicing oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinical relevant scientific evidence, relating to the patient's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the patient's treatment needs and preferences. (from J Am Dent Assoc 134: 689, 2003)Education, Dental, Graduate: Educational programs for dental graduates entering a specialty. They include formal specialty training as well as academic work in the clinical and basic dental sciences, and may lead to board certification or an advanced dental degree.Education, Dental: Use for articles concerning dental education in general.Societies, Dental: Societies whose membership is limited to dentists.Dentistry: The profession concerned with the teeth, oral cavity, and associated structures, and the diagnosis and treatment of their diseases including prevention and the restoration of defective and missing tissue.Dental Research: The study of laws, theories, and hypotheses through a systematic examination of pertinent facts and their interpretation in the field of dentistry. (From Jablonski, Illustrated Dictionary of Dentistry, 1982, p674)Insurance, Dental: Insurance providing coverage for dental care.Faculty, Dental: The teaching staff and members of the administrative staff having academic rank in a dental school.Dental Care: The total of dental diagnostic, preventive, and restorative services provided to meet the needs of a patient (from Illustrated Dictionary of Dentistry, 1982).General Practice, Dental: Nonspecialized dental practice which is concerned with providing primary and continuing dental care.United StatesDentist's Practice Patterns: Patterns of practice in dentistry related to diagnosis and treatment.Students, Dental: Individuals enrolled a school of dentistry or a formal educational program in leading to a degree in dentistry.Endodontics: A dental specialty concerned with the maintenance of the dental pulp in a state of health and the treatment of the pulp cavity (pulp chamber and pulp canal).Fees, Dental: Amounts charged to the patient as payer for dental services.Dental Hygienists: Persons trained in an accredited school or dental college and licensed by the state in which they reside to provide dental prophylaxis under the direction of a licensed dentist.Laboratories, Dental: Facilities for the performance of services related to dental treatment but not done directly in the patient's mouth.Dental Clinics: Facilities where dental care is provided to patients.Dental Auxiliaries: Personnel whose work is prescribed and supervised by the dentist.Education, Dental, Continuing: Educational programs designed to inform dentists of recent advances in their fields.Specialties, Dental: Various branches of dental practice limited to specialized areas.Dental Caries: Localized destruction of the tooth surface initiated by decalcification of the enamel followed by enzymatic lysis of organic structures and leading to cavity formation. If left unchecked, the cavity may penetrate the enamel and dentin and reach the pulp.African Americans: Persons living in the United States having origins in any of the black groups of Africa.Licensure, Dental: The granting of a license to practice dentistry.Anesthesia, Dental: A range of methods used to reduce pain and anxiety during dental procedures.Personnel Selection: The process of choosing employees for specific types of employment. The concept includes recruitment.Dentists, Women: Female dentists.Dental Care for Chronically Ill: Dental care for patients with chronic diseases. These diseases include chronic cardiovascular, endocrinologic, hematologic, immunologic, neoplastic, and renal diseases. The concept does not include dental care for the mentally or physically disabled which is DENTAL CARE FOR DISABLED.Dental Care for Children: The giving of attention to the special dental needs of children, including the prevention of tooth diseases and instruction in dental hygiene and dental health. The dental care may include the services provided by dental specialists.Curriculum: A course of study offered by an educational institution.Training Support: Financial support for training including both student stipends and loans and training grants to institutions.Dental Pulp: A richly vascularized and innervated connective tissue of mesodermal origin, contained in the central cavity of a tooth and delimited by the dentin, and having formative, nutritive, sensory, and protective functions. (Jablonski, Dictionary of Dentistry, 1992)Competency-Based Education: Educational programs designed to ensure that students attain prespecified levels of competence in a given field or training activity. Emphasis is on achievement or specified objectives.