Our body is a complete organism. Dentists may specialise in very discrete fields of study but the way our system works does not compartmentalise itself in line with the academic silos of medical practice.
Modern dentistry is increasingly interested in understanding the relationship of the entire structure of the cranimaxillofacial complex (teeth, gums, jaw, bones, muscle, tongue, face) with the rest of the body.
The interconnectivity of the body includes understanding how diverse subjects as seemingly diverse as chemistry and nutrition are related and can inform what we understand about why one person seems prone to dental illness but another has amazing propensity for healing.
Modern dentistry is a blend of medical and dental knowledge that is helping to uncover the relationship between excellent oral health and general wellbeing.