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What is a dentist?

A dentist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases of the teeth and oral cavity. A dentist receives 4 years of training at a dental school after college. A dentist graduates with a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. A dentist is trained to diagnose diseases of the teeth, gums, and oral cavity. A dentist is also trained to treat these conditions. Only dentists can fill and extract teeth.

A dentist is a doctor who specializes in the oral cavity to diagnose and treat diseases of the teeth and gums. A dentist has received a DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental school that is four years after college and passed the required boards for the state that they practice in. 

A dentist is a doctor of oral health. Watch as Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains how a dentist diagnoses and treats diseases of the mouth.


A dentist is someone who has completed the necessary education (usually four years of college and four years of dental school) and passed the required boards to be licensed to practice dentistry. A dentist is trained to treat diseases of the teeth and gums.

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