One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums, especially the repair and extraction of teeth and the insertion of artificial ones.
- ‘Laughing gas is used by doctors and dentists as an anaesthetic or analgesic to numb pain, sedate and allay anxiety.’
- ‘Gagging is a term that tends to be used somewhat differently by neurologists and by dentists.’
- ‘Before you have a tooth taken out, it is worth discussing with your dentist how it could be replaced.’
- ‘Visit your dentist regularly and have your teeth professionally cleaned as required.’
- ‘Tayside health chiefs admit they are struggling to find enough dentists to treat all the children who need care.’
- ‘Most people have teeth removed under local anaesthesia by a general dentist or oral surgeon.’
- ‘In the short-term, we will change the way dentists are remunerated for treating patients.’
- ‘Your dentist or dental hygienist can apply topical fluorides during dental visits.’
- ‘You will have to follow what your dentist has taught you to make sure you remove plaque every day.’
- ‘Check with your dentist or health visitor if you are unsure about how to look after your baby's teeth.’
- ‘Your dentist will look at your teeth for signs of wear due to grinding and examine your jaw joint.’
- ‘If you do not go to the dentist, you may not know that you have these diseases until it's too late.’
- ‘Most dentists recommend that you should replace your toothbrush at least every three months.’
- ‘Bad breath is usually caused by a problem in the mouth, so you need to visit your dentist for diagnosis.’
- ‘Visit your dentist or hygienist to have your teeth scaled and polished on a regular basis.’
- ‘Your dentist or health visitor can help you look after you child's teeth if you are not sure what to do.’
- ‘Doctors, nurses even dentists are taken to court for not taking the right action or making a mistake.’
- ‘Often lip and oral cavity cancers are found by dentists when examining the teeth.’
- ‘It is likely your dentist will prescribe antibiotics to control the infection.’
- ‘On the second visit, the dentist glues the veneer onto the front of the tooth.’
Mid 18th century: from French dentiste, from dent ‘tooth’, from Latin dens, dent-.
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