den·​tist | \ ˈden-təst \

Definition of dentist

: one who is skilled in and licensed to practice the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth

Examples of dentist in a Sentence

I saw her at the dentist last week. He goes to the dentist's for a check-up every six months.

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His father was an Irish dentist, and his mother taught French literature at the university level. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Inside The Shed, Manhattan's New State-of-the-Art Cultural Venue," 12 Dec. 2018 Beltre, who was a late scratch for Wednesday's game against the Astros, left Globe Life Park around 5 p.m. Wednesday when a dentist became available in Dallas. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Adrian Beltre shakes off emergency root canal for series opener against Tigers," 5 July 2018 For the majority of people, one to two yearly visits to the dentist chair should do it, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Exactly How Often You Really Need to See Different Kinds of Doctors," 17 Jan. 2019 The relationship between the insurance company and dentists has improved dramatically over that time. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey,, "Delta Dental, dentists find common ground on payment rates," 17 June 2018 By day, Betsy works as a dentist in her native Venezuela. Luke.winkie, Vox, "Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy," 12 Dec. 2018 In some cases, your doctor or dentist will do a TMJ arthroscopy, which involves inserting a small thin tube into the joint space, followed by a small camera to check out the area, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Uh, Is It a Problem If You Can 'Pop' Your Jaw?," 16 Nov. 2018 Similar stashes have been found in former dentist offices in Greensboro and Carrolton. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Construction Workers Found About 1,000 Human Teeth in the Wall of an Old Building," 26 Oct. 2018 Other mundane details from our waking life does appear often dreams: waiting rooms, schools, dentist offices. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Do Humans Dream Of Smartphones?," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of dentist

circa 1746, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dentist

French dentiste, from dent

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English Language Learners Definition of dentist

: a person whose job is to care for people's teeth
: the place where a dentist works


den·​tist | \ ˈden-təst \

Kids Definition of dentist

: a person whose profession is the care, treatment, and repair of the teeth


den·​tist | \ ˈdent-əst \

Medical Definition of dentist

: a licensed practitioner who is skilled in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, and malformations of the teeth, jaws, and mouth and who makes and inserts false teeth

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