• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dental of or relating to the teeth "dental floss"
    • adj dental of or relating to dentistry "dental student"
    • n dental a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1996, Americans bought only 12 inches of dental floss per capita.
    • Dental (Zoöl) A marine mollusk of the genus Dentalium, with a curved conical shell resembling a tooth. See Dentalium.
    • Dental An articulation or letter formed by the aid of the teeth.
    • dental (Phon) Formed by the aid of the teeth; -- said of certain articulations and the letters representing them; as, d and t are dental letters.
    • dental Of or pertaining to the teeth or to dentistry; as, dental surgery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: John Greenwood, also of New York invented the dental drill in 1790.
    • dental Of or pertaining to the teeth.
    • dental In grammar, formed or pronounced at or near the front upper teeth, with the tip or front of the tongue: as, d, t, and n are dental letters. The name dental is very imperfectly descriptive, as the teeth bear no important part in producing the sounds in question, and even, in the utterance of many communities, no part at all. Hence some phonetists avoid the term, using instead lingual, tongue-point, or the like.
    • dental Connected with or used in dentistry: as, dental rubber; a dental mallet or hammer.
    • dental The dental formula of a child over two years of age is thus: which means that the child should have two incisors, one canine, and two molars, on each side of each jaw. … The formula of permanent dentition in man is written: there being two incisors, one canine, two premolars, and three molars on each side above and below.
    • dental The tissue or structure out of which a tooth is formed, and from which, as in the case of rodents, it may continue to grow for an indefinite period, in which case the teeth are said to have persistent pulps.
    • n dental A sound formed by placing the end of the tongue against or near the upper teeth, as d, t, and n (see I., 2).
    • n dental In conchology, a tooth-shell; a shell of the family Denlaliidæ.
    • n dental Dentex macrophthalmus, a fish of the family Lutianidæ, found in the Mediterranean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate not only does not promote tooth decay, it might prevent it. According to the American Dental Association, milk chocolate contains ingredients, such as calcium and phosphate, that might modify acid production in the mouth that leads to cavities. Some oils in chocolate might also prevent tooth decay. Chocolate does contain sugar, of course, but these are simple sugars that are less harmful than the complex sugars contained in other foods.
    • adj Dental den′tal belonging to the teeth: produced by the aid of the teeth
    • n Dental an articulation or letter pronounced chiefly with the teeth
    • n Dental the distal element of the jaw of vertebrates below mammals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dens, dentis, tooth: cf. F. dental,. See Tooth


In literature:

There is no better dental litmus to distinguish the conservative from the progressive dentist.
"Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth" by Henry L. Ambler
Paladium-gold alloys are a substitute for platinum, chiefly in dental uses.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Naval Dental School in 1956.
"History of the Division of Medical Sciences" by Sami Khalaf Hamarneh
Brandes tightened his dental grip on his cigar and squinted at him good-humouredly.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
In the milk teeth of man we have another useless and often annoying survival of an ancient state of the dental organs.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
The haemorrhage from the dental artery was arrested by the actual cautery.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
He returned home every evening, and on Saturdays assisted Dr. Sparks, at Greenfield, in his dental parlors.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
The strong curve of the back, the dentals and dots, and the muzzle and mouth refer apparently to the same creature.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
Speaks with a lisp due to a dental defect; the lisp becomes more noticeable when he's drinking.
"Nor Iron Bars a Cage...." by Gordon Randall Garrett
Dental floss is generally needed to remove particles that have lodged between the teeth.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano

In poetry:

Sitting in the dental chair,
Don't you wish you weren't there:
Well, your cup of woe to fill,
Just think of his infernal bill.
"My Dentist" by Robert W Service
And from that imperfect dental exhibition,
Stained with express juices of the weed nicotian,
Came these hollow accents, blent with softer murmurs
Of expectoration:
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
"Trifles that claim no very special name,--
Some useful, others chiefly ornamental;
Pins, buttons, rings, and other trivial things,
With various wrecks, capillary and dental.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Thanks! thanks!" the grateful chef replied,
His nutrient feature showing wide
The gleam of arches dental:
"To cut my head off wouldn't pay,
I find it useful every day,
As well as ornamental."
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

CHICAGO, July 6, 2011—The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) has named Catherine Stark, RDH, Orofacial Myologist, of Ormond Beach, Fla. As the recipient of Crest-Oral B/ADHA Clinical Dental Hygienist Award.
Was named by the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) as one of two recipients of the 2005 Crest/ADHA Award for Clinical Dental Hygienists.
Dental Care Group's Dr Koslovsky helps bring dental care to impoverished country.
Larry Kuhl , senior dental consultant at Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service.
Two former employees at Palmer Dental, Heather Terry and Mary Dorsey, have been arrested for selling dental gold.
Mike Saxl, who is working with the Pew Foundation, and Dr Timothy Oh, a dentist in Ellsworth, discussed a new kind of mid-level dental provider to Maine, often called a "dental therapist".
These articles include perspectives from ADA members, National Association of Dental Plans members and the Council on Dental Benefit Programs.
He was a 1954 cum laude graduate of Georgetown University's dental school and graduated in 1956 from Tufts University's school of dental medicine in Massachusetts with a specialty in orthodontics .
Missy Plese of Pima Medical Institute talks about the new dental hygiene program and how you can get dental work done.
Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association.
A prosthodontist receives three to four years of additional training after dental school at an accredited American Dental Association hospital or university-based program.
Dental procedures can provide relevant efficacy and safety data as the Food and Drug Administration develops guidance on clinical development programs for sedation products, the ADA and four dental specialty organizations told the FDA.
Dr Burgess is boarded in Oral Medicine and he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the dental content website the Dental Health Imaging Hub (
ClikTech Inc, a leading manufacturer of dental sensor and x-ray film holders, has launched the industry's first use of thermoplastics in multiple rod dental x-ray holder systems.
The American Dental Hygienists' Association to Build upon ECC Prevention Efforts for National Children's Dental Health Month.

In science:

Twelve parallel NRs are tied to a sacrificial NR with dental floss, using small teflon spacers ensuring electrical (and thermal) isolation, giving a total of thirteen NRs.
Method for Cooling Nanostructures to Microkelvin Temperatures
Suppose that θ is not algebraic of degree ≤ d (that θ is transcendefining linear polynomial. dental).
Real Algebraic Number Theory II. Ideological Arithmetic
Dental evidence for the diet of Australopithecus.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience
Dental functional morphology: How teeth work.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience
Dental Anatomy and Embryology Vol. 2: A comparison to dental studies.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience