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Optometrists are the physicians of the eye and dentists are physicians of teeth. So why do dentists have the title "doctor" and optometrists don't.
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Optometrists are the physicians of the eye and dentists are physicians of teeth. So why do dentists have the title "doctor" and optometrists don't.
Okay but they're not physicians of the eyes - a doctor who looks after the eyes is an ophthalmologist. Most ophthalmologists are surgeons but some practice purely medical ophthalmology too.

Dentists are technically surgeons in the UK, which is why they are awarded a BDS or equivalent bachelor of dental surgery degree, and why their postgraduate faculty is part of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Calling dentists "Dr" is a European/American thing which has only recently caught on here; they should really be Mr or Miss.
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