I'm sure this has done before, but I'm bored so lets do a poll. What title do you prefer? Sure they are all the same, but it's ok to have a preferance.
DMD is catching up, GO DMD!
Personally, I think there is no distinction and the fact that there are two degrees in the field that mean exactly the same thing is silly for Dentistry, just like regional board qualifications. The folks in charge should really just sit down and decide what the title of the degree should be from a rational point of view. I do think that for uninformed individuals or patients, seeing a DDS vs. a DMD can have unfair and prejudiced impact depending on the individual.
exactly. I've heard some ridiculous things said by patients, and even staff members about their thoughts on the subject. One parent of a pre-dental student said to me "My son is also applying to dental school. He's applying only to the DMD schools, though, so he won't just be filling cavities like a DDS." A hygiene student told me they thought the difference was that one was a 2 year program and one was a 4 year program.
I think the only intention of the DMD degree was to have a dental degree in Latin so that Harvard could continue awarding all their degrees in that language only. The only reason they didn't go with the direct translation of DDS was that they didn't like the abbreviation (DCD)