You're a devoted dental patient who attends all your regularly scheduled checkups, commits to a vigorous oral care routine, and replaces your toothbrush when it begins to fray. Still, you may not be aware of how much your oral health relates to your overall health and how the understanding of this connection has developed. While we believe that taking care of your mouth is essential for the upkeep of your teeth, gums, and gorgeous smile, it's also related to your physical wellbeing.
In some countries, the original term for this field, "stomatology," is used instead of oral medicine. But it's not a term you're likely to see on your dental professional's office door in the United States. Stomatology has evolved into oral medicine as a recognized dental specialty in the United States. Its specialists fill an essential role in training dentists and treating various health problems that affect the mouth and teeth. Let's go over the details of oral medicine, its evolution from stomatology, and the specific diseases this field diagnoses and treats.