What Is the Difference Between at DMD and DDS Dentist?


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There is no difference between DDS and DMD dentists. Both titles mean that the dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery and DMD stands for Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry, according to MouthHealthy.org. The two degrees have the same curriculum requirements.

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Some universities award a DDS, while others award a DMD. This began around the time dental schools began to spring up in universities. DDS was used by the University of Maryland's Baltimore College of Dental Surgery — the first dental school. However, universities wanted to differentiate between surgery and medicine, so Harvard University and Yale University began awarding the DMD, according to IndyDentalHealth.com. Many other universities still choose to award the DDS.

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