56 Dentist Jokes You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

No one likes going to the dentist, so why not share some comic relief with these short and funny dentist and teeth jokes next time you're in the waiting room?

Raise your hand if you love going to the dentist. No takers? We don’t blame you. Waiting rooms should have comedians. Think about it: Laughing would be a fun distraction while we wait for our name to be called. Can you imagine laughing at teeth jokes at the dentist’s office, nurse jokes in the doctor’s office, or busting a gut listening to accountant jokes instead of worrying about a tax audit? You could come back at ’em with your own work-from-home jokes, and everyone would be smiling and laughing instead of nervously sweating and tapping their feet. Get ready to open wide and let go, because we’ve compiled some hilariously cheesy dentist jokes—and even tossed in some from real dentists.

1. Q: What’s the dentist’s favorite idiom?

A: Put your money where your mouth is.

Submitted by orthodontist Kami Hoss, D.D.S., M.S., co-founder of The Super Dentists, California.

2. Q: What does a dentist do when the plane lands?

A: She “braces” herself.

Submitted by Dr. Hoss

3. Q: What is dentists’ favorite dinosaur?

A: Flossosaurus.

Submitted by Dr. Hoss

4. Q: Why is it sometimes necessary to get a second opinion from a dentist?

A: Because each dentist has their own floss-ophy.

Submitted by Dr. Hoss

5. Q: Why does the dentist have a TV on the ceiling for patients?

A: So they can Netflix and drill.

6. Q: How does a dentist fix a broken tooth?

A: With toothpaste!

7. Q: Why did the FBI raid the dentist’s office?

A: To perform a cavity search.

8. Q: What is the number one reason patients don’t show up for root canals?

A: They lose their nerve.

9. Q: Why should you be kind to your dentist?

A: Because they have fill-ings too.

10. Q: What did the dentist say to a golfer with a cavity?

A: You have a hole in one.

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11. Q: What is it called when an astronaut gets a cavity?

A: A black hole.

12. Q: What’s another name for a dentist’s office?

A: A filling station.

13. Q: Why did the doughnut go to the dentist?

A: He needed a filling.

Submitted by Michael Rothstein, DDS, Michael Rothstein Dentistry, New City, New York

14. Q: What type of bear has no teeth?

A: A gummy bear.

Submitted by Dr. Rothstein

15. Q: Why should you be true to your teeth?

A: So, they won’t be false with you.

Submitted by Lori Berger, hygienist, Michael Rothstein Dentistry, New City, New York

16. Q: Why did the smartphone go to the dentist?

A: It had a Bluetooth.

Submitted by Kevin Reilly, DDS, Michael Rothstein Dentistry

17. Q: What are dental X-rays called?

A: Tooth-pics.

Tooth pics x-ray jokerd.com, Getty Images

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18. Q: Why are potatoes a dentist’s favorite veggie?

A: Because they are so filling.

19. Q: What’s the most popular state for dentists to move to when they retire?
A: Fluorida.

20. Q: What did the tooth say to the dentist before he left for vacation?

A: Fill me in when you get back.

21. Q: What does a dentist give a bear with a terrible toothache?

A: Anything it wants.

22. Q: When should a snowman make an appointment to see the dentist?

A: When he gets frostbite.

23. Q: What did the tuba player buy at the drug store?

A: A tuba toothpaste.

24. Q: What did the lawyer demand before the dentist worked on him?

A: A retainer.

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25. Q: Why did the patient start shouting after he left the dentist?

A: He just had all caps put on his teeth.

26. Q: What is the dentist’s favorite animal?

A: The molar bear.

Submitted by Dentist Scott Eisen, DDS, Catonsville Dental Care, Catonsville, Maryland

27. Q: Why did the deer need braces?

A: He had buck teeth.

Submitted by Dr. Eisen

Shouting teeth all capsrd.com, Getty Images

28. Q: What did the Dentist of the Year get?

A: A little plaque.

Submitted by dentist Alice Boghosian, American Dental Association spokesperson

29. Q: What kind of filling did the little boy want for his cavity?

A: Chocolate.

Submitted by Dr. Reilly

30. Q: What movie do dentists watch over and over again?
A: Plaque to the Future.

31. Q: What do false teeth have in common with stars?

A: They only come out at night.

32. Q: What did the dentist shout in the courtroom?

A: You can’t handle the tooth!

33. Q: What do you get when you cross a hedgehog with a giraffe?

A: A long-neck toothbrush.

34. Q: Why does the ant hang out at the bakery?

A: Because it has a sweet tooth.

35. Q: What’s the best time to go to the dentist?

A: Toothhurty (2:30)

Submitted by dentist Joseph Field, DDS, Mid Peninsula Implant Center, Los Altos, California

36. Q: What did the patient say when the dentist said she needed a crown?

A: I know, right?

Submitted by Dr. Field

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37. Q: Why do teeth move?

A: Shift happens.

Submitted by Dr. Field

38. Q: What did one tooth say to the other?

A: Get your cap on; the dentist is taking us out tonight.

39. Q: What are the six most dreaded words in the world?

A: The dentist will see you now.

40. Q: What’s a drill team?

A: A group of dentists who work together.

41. Q: Why does the dental staff go to the dentist with their problems?

A: Because she gets right to the root of things.

42. Q: Where did the orca go to get his braces?

A: The orca-dontist.

Orca whale with braces after visiting orca-dentistrd.com, Getty Images

43. Q: What is the dentist’s favorite day of the week?

A: Toothsday.

44. Q: Why did the dentist and her boyfriend break up?

A: They fought tooth and nail.

45. Q: Why did the Storm Trooper want his teeth whitened?

A: To get rid of the dark side.

46.Q: Why was a Toronto dentist in Panama?

A: He was searching for the root canal.

Submitted by Dr. Boghosian

47. Q: How did the dental hygienist land a job?

A: By word of mouth.

Submitted by Berger

48. Q: Why was the god of Thunder so quiet after he got his tooth pulled?

A: Because he was too Thor.

49. Q: Did you see the new documentary about wisdom teeth on Netflix?

A: It’s called an Inconvenient Tooth.

50. Q: Why did the vampire’s breath stink so badly?

A: Because he had bat breath.

51.Q: What’s one word you never want to hear from your dentist?

A: Oops.

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52. Q: How do insurers classify a dentist’s mistake?

A: Accidental.

53. Q: What’s the most popular hiking trail for dentists?

A: Mount Brushmore.

54. Q: Why does your tongue hate going to the dentist?

A: It always leaves it feeling depressed.

55. Q: What do you call a boat fill with dentists?

A: A tooth ferry.

56. Q: Why is the Securities and Exchanges Commission investigating the dentist?

A: He’s accused of incisor trading.

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  • Kami Hoss, DDS., M.S., co-founder of The Super Dentists, California.
  • Michael Rothstein, Michael Rothstein Dentistry, DDS, New City, New York
  • Alice Boghosian, DDS, American Dental Association spokesperson
  • Joseph Field, DDS, Mid Peninsula Implant Center, Los Altos, California
  • Scott Eisen, DDS, Catonsville Dental Care, Catonsville, Maryland

Lisa Marie Conklin
Lisa Marie Conklin is a Baltimore-based writer who writes regularly about pets and home improvement for Reader's Digest. Her work has also been published in The Healthy, Family Handyman and Taste of Home, among other outlets. She's also a certified personal trainer and walking coach for a local senior center.