A cosmetic dentist from Toronto blogs that stripped of pretence, doctor-prestige and professional posturing, ‘dentists are basically tooth carpenters and dental hygienists are gum gardeners.’ It is an interesting thought. If dentists are nothing but ‘tooth carpenters’ or ‘gum gardeners,’ cancarpenters and gardeners be equipped with basic dentistry skillsin a country that is woefully short of dentists?

Facetious as it may sound, the argument goes to the heart of a raging debate in India.


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