den·​tist·​ry | \ ˈden-tə-strē How to pronounce dentistry (audio) \

Definition of dentistry

: the art or profession of a dentist

Examples of dentistry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because February is Pet Dental Health Month, Rutter advises that pet owners schedule an appointment early to take advantage of discounts that many veterinarians may offer on their dentistry services. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Resolutions for a paw-some New Year," 11 Jan. 2020 And there have been significant advances in 3D print methods in areas like dentistry over the past few years. Ana Santos Rutschman, The Conversation, "3D printing of body parts is coming fast – but regulations are not ready," 10 Jan. 2020 The online dentistry company's losses grew to a net loss of $387.6 million, up from $15 million in the year-ago quarter. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "After Its Disastrous IPO, SmileDirectClub Beats Revenue Estimates—But Investors Still Aren’t Grinning," 12 Nov. 2019 All of this is to say that bad, missing and aching teeth were simply a fact of life in the centuries before modern dentistry. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Jane Austen Letter Highlights the Horrors of 19th-Century Dentistry," 19 Oct. 2019 Few others offer such a full range of medical services — from primary care to behavioral health, dentistry, optometry and chiropractic services — and no others focus on the corridor north of Interstate 94 in St. Paul. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Open Cities Health Center, serving 10,000 low-income patients, says it will run out of money Jan. 1," 10 Dec. 2019 Cranford has pleaded guilty to medical assistance fraud and practicing dentistry without a license. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Defense attorney apologizes for Anchorage dentist who pulled tooth while riding a hoverboard," 5 Dec. 2019 All other procedures, except dentistry, which sterilizes its equipment at an alternative location, would be canceled. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "Mold discovery halts elective surgeries at L.A. County-USC Medical Center," 26 Sep. 2019 Academic advisors at the University of Houston can assist students interested in careers ranging from medicine to dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary, physician assistant, physical therapist, and occupational therapist. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Allied health care disciplines set to grow," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dentistry

1838, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dentistry.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce dentistry (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dentistry

: the work that a dentist does


den·​tist·​ry | \ ˈden-tə-strē How to pronounce dentistry (audio) \

Kids Definition of dentistry

: the profession or practice of a dentist


den·​tist·​ry | \ ˈdent-ə-strē How to pronounce dentistry (audio) \
plural dentistries

Medical Definition of dentistry

: the art or profession of a dentist

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