An orthodontist is said to be the cardiologist of our teeth. The major setback of this saying is the salary difference between the two career fields. Even though there is a significant difference between the two incomes both career fields require 10 years of education.
An orthodontist is important to not only our tooth health but our overall health. What many people fail to realize is that tooth problems often lead to other medical problems. Failing to see an orthodontist when needed can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth decay can lead to abscesses that can travel to the throat and be deadly. When an abscess moves to the patient’s throat it obstructs the airway and impairs the patient’s ability to breathe. This often results in an invasive surgery or even death. Gum disease that goes untreated can result in heart attacks. This is because the bacteria that causes the disease can end up in the bloodstream and cause the arteries to clog. This can also result in a stroke caused by the limited blood flow to the brain.
A cardiologist would often treat clogged arteries that could have been prevented by the orthodontist. The orthodontist helps to align teeth through measures such as braces or surgery. Without this treatment it is very difficult to clean teeth that are not aligned. Without the proper cleaning the teeth begin to decay and gum disease becomes a serious issue. An orthodontist may also treat problems such as teeth that protrude and unusual wear of enamel. Addressing these problems at a young age will greatly reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
While an orthodontist provides his patients with preventative care that could potentially save their lives they don’t always make the same amount as a cardiologist. A cardiologist actually makes significantly less than an orthodontist. In fact an orthodontist is one of the highest paid professionals in the world.
Surprisingly the two doctors will spend the same amount of time on education. An orthodontist will need to attend dental school after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. After the dentist graduates from dental school he will need to complete a 3 year residency program. After the three years of residency they will need to be licensed and board certified by their state. A cardiologist will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree and then attend medical school. After medical school the doctor will need to complete a three year residency in cardiology. Each career field requires around 10 years of education and training.
As you can see both of these careers take a long time to get into, but the financial rewards are high if you are able to stick it out, get good grades and make it into the profession. However, it’s a lot of dedication, so make sure you do your due diligence before you decide to take this long road into the medical field.
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