a person whose profession is dentistry.

1750–60; < French dentiste, equivalent to dent tooth (see dent2) + -iste -ist Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
dentist (ˈdɛntɪst)
a person qualified to practise dentistry
[C18: from French dentiste, from dent tooth]

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Word Origin & History

1759, from Fr. dentiste, from L. dens (gen. dentis) "tooth," from PIE base *dont-, *dent- (see tooth).
"Dentist figures it now in our newspapers, and may do well enough for a French puffer, but we fancy Rutter is content with being called a tooth-drawer" ["Edinburgh Chronicle," Sept. 15, 1759].
Tooth-drawer is attested from 1393.
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Medical Dictionary

dentist den·tist (děn'tĭst)
A person who is trained and licensed to practice dentistry.

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And you thought your visit to the dentist was painful.
If your dentist is suggesting you do one side at a time, it could be because
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