dental

adjective
den·​tal | \ ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce dental (audio) \

Definition of dental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the teeth or dentistry
2 : articulated with the tip or blade of the tongue against or near the upper front teeth

dental

noun

Definition of dental (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dental consonant

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Other Words from dental

Adjective

dentally \ -​ē How to pronounce dentally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of dental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

SmileDirectClub has opened a SmileShop in Natick to provide locals with a new option for dental care. Zipporah Osei, BostonGlobe.com, "Fighting breast cancer, open space in Medway, and RoboGirls," 22 June 2018 Rick’s grandfather and father both were; Rick and his brother Bruce currently practice; Bruce’s son, Jeremy, is a dentist in Chicago, and Rick’s daughter, Ariel, is a dental student at Marquette. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018 As expected, the data showed great variation in how states provide care, including immunizing teenagers or getting dental care to children. Phil Galewitz, Washington Post, "Verma Unveils State Medicaid Scorecard But Refuses To Judge Efforts," 5 June 2018 Adults and children 5 and older can receive dental, health and vision exams from area physicians, dentists, ophthalmologists, chiropractors, massage therapists and registered nurses. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 1 June 2018 The family of Randhir Kaur, a dental student who was killed in her Albany apartment on March 8, 2015, also expressed dismay about police investigators’ inaction. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "California lawmakers push ahead on rape-kit bills after Berkeley failure," 25 May 2018 He was accompanied by four, first year dental students: Justin Abbs, Trenton Pfister, Cara Murthy and Thad Nguyen. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Good dental care takes center stage in Avon Lake during Dental Health Month," 12 Feb. 2018 As with all dental procedures, the patient's needs and preferences will differ. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 However, overdoing it on the fluoride at an early age can also cause a condition called dental fluorosis, or when the teeth undermineralize. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Are Probably Using Too Much Toothpaste, And It’s Hurting Their Teeth," 6 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since then, more than 740,000 people have received free dental, vision and medical care from Brock's clinics. Fox News, "Stan Brock, provider of mobile medical clinics, has died," 30 Aug. 2018 At the upscale Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey, pre-dental college student Calev Glick, 20, stopped by Indochino on a recent Friday to get measured for a suit for synagogue. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Brands born on the internet embrace physical stores," 12 Dec. 2018 Some companies offer benefits like health and dental insurance and a matching 401(k) plan. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Easy Ways to Make Money Online," 12 June 2018 Some companies offer benefits like health and dental insurance and a matching 401(k) plan. Mary Hunt, Woman's Day, "8 Easy Ways to Make Money Online," 12 June 2018 These clinics — which provide preventive care and dental services to about 27 million low-income Americans — also enjoy mandatory spending status. Washington Post, "The Health 202: How the government shutdown could affect your health care (or not)," 22 Jan. 2018 The premiere presents two dentists who raised alarms about a pediatric dental chain. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Jonestown: An American Tragedy,' Sacha Baron Cohen: This weekend," 13 July 2018 Vi’s generous employee benefits include comprehensive health, dental, vision, life, disability and 401(k) match. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 In 2014, the board passed a resolution for salaries and benefits for trustees that included medical and hospitalization insurance and dental and vision insurance. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Indicted Macomb Twp. trustee Bucci no-show at meetings, still gets paid," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of dental

Adjective

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dental

Adjective

Latin dentalis, from dent-, dens

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The first known use of dental was in 1594

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dental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dental

: of or relating to teeth or to the work dentists do

dental

adjective
den·​tal | \ ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce dental (audio) \

Kids Definition of dental

: relating to the teeth or dentistry

dental

adjective
den·​tal | \ ˈdent-ᵊl How to pronounce dental (audio) \

Medical Definition of dental

1 : relating to, specializing in, or used in dentistry dental surgery dental students
2 : relating to or used on the teeth dental paste

Other Words from dental

dentally \ -​ē How to pronounce dentally (audio) \ adverb

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