Dentist is a name given to an accredited health care professional specializing in the care of teeth, gums or the mouth. In the United States, one becomes a dentist by earning either a DDS degree (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a DMD degree (Doctor of Medical Dentistry).
In 2000, it was estimated that there were 168,000 dentists in the United States, or one dentist for every 1647 Americans. 
A large number of dentists practice in their own offices or in cooperation with a small number of dentists. The NAICS counted 107,558 dentist offices in the United States. 
Businesses operating as dentist offices will identify themselves by the following 5-digit NAICS code:
- 62121 - Offices of Dentists
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