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HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU taken a close look at dentistry’s emblem? Probably never, right?! Orthodontists first become dentists before going on to further specialized training, and we love the things dentistry’s emblem represents.
The frame of the symbol may look like a triangle and circle intertwined, but those are actually the Greek letters “delta” and “omicron.” These letters stand for “dental,” and “odont” (or “tooth”).
In the middle of the symbol, you’ll notice a couple of fanned branches. There’s a total of 32 leaves, representing 32 permanent teeth. The branches also have 20 berries, representing 20 primary teeth.
The main focus of dentistry’s official emblem is the staff of Asclepius, a serpent twined around a rod. This is often confused with the caduceus, a winged baton with two twined serpents. The caduceus, a common medical symbol, refers to the messenger god Mercury, since he was also patron god of alchemy, magic, and chemists.
However, the staff of Asclepius stands for something different.
Asclepius is the Greek god of healing. It’s said that early in his life, he helped heal a snake (an ancient symbol of renewal and wisdom), and in return, that snake gave him knowledge about healing.
The staff of Asclepius is about more than mystical fixes. It’s symbolic of wellness, and wisdom in leading a healthy, full life. In fact, Asclepius’ daughter is the goddess Hygeia, of cleanliness and hygiene.
While dentistry and orthodontics are able to bring about some astonishing fixes that seem like magic, our focus is always on prevention and wellness. Orthodontic treatment assists in prevention by creating a more balanced bite and evenly-spaced teeth, which are easier to keep clean. We believe in fixing problems before they even start, and protecting your teeth for a lifetime.
A healthy mouth is important for more than just your teeth. Infections in the gums can travel throughout the body and contribute to problems like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, RA, and diabetes. Your regular dental visits are essential for a lifetime of full-body health.
We appreciate the opportunity to be your orthodontic family, and your healthcare partners. We treasure our relationships with you. If you ever have questions about your oral health, please don’t hesitate to ask!