Dentistry is the branch of medical science dealing with the investigation, treatment, and prophylaxis of the ailments of teeth and oral cavity. Dental problems have increased in frequency as one of the effects of the modern lifestyle. This may be traced to several reasons including the higher intake of junk food, soft drinks and neglecting to take care of one’s teeth. Hence, dental visits have become the norm nowadays.
Dental science has evolved a lot over the last few decades just as other areas of medical science. Dental surgery have been modernized as well as digitalized. However, for a majority of dental ailments, dentists still rely on medications, either alone or as part of preoperative management. In order to treat dental problems with medications, an adequate knowledge of the underlying pharmacology is a must.
Pharmacology is an applied science dealing with drug action on the body, and the metabolism of drugs by the body.