A visit to the dentist

The dentist examines your teeth to make sure they are healthy. Getty Images

The dentist examines your teeth to make sure they are healthy. Getty Images

Your dentist will talk to you about eating the right foods so that your teeth will grow and stay strong and healthy. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking milk is good.

The dentist will warn you that too much sugar is bad for your teeth. Sugar sticks to teeth and gums and can cause problems.

When dentists examine your teeth they look to see that your teeth and gums are healthy.

A dentist looks for any decay or holes in your teeth. If a tooth has decay, the dentist will remove the decay and fill the tooth.

An X-ray is a photograph of the inside of your teeth. Getty Images

An X-ray is a photograph of the inside of your teeth. Getty Images

An dental X ray

The dentist may take a picture of the inside of your tooth. This picture is called an x ray. It shows the dentist any decay in places that are hard to see, and also shows the roots of the teeth so their health can be checked.

If a tooth is badly decayed the dentist might pull the tooth out.

The dentist can then make a new artificial tooth to take the place of the old one. An anaesthetic makes sure that you won't feel any pain while teeth are taken out.

Dentists also straighten crooked teeth and repair any tooth that is cracked. The dentist can treat sore or diseased gums.

The dentists uses tools such as a mirror and a pick. Getty Images

The dentists uses tools such as a mirror and a pick. Getty Images

Dentists use lots of special equipment.

The x-ray machine takes pictures of your teeth.vA drill gets out the decay, and a mirror is used to see into your mouth and the backs of the teeth. Dentists also used computers and lasers to help them with their work. 

Dentists wear masks, gloves, and safety glasses to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases.

People who help the dentist in the surgery are dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental laboratory technicians, and receptionists.

Brush and floss your teeth every day to keep your teeth healthy Getty Images

Brush and floss your teeth every day to keep your teeth healthy Getty Images

Special dentists called orthodontists

straighten teeth with braces or retainers. Another special dentist is the periodontist who treats the gums and the bones supporting the teeth.

To become a dentist a person must study for 5 years at a university dental school.

 

 

 

Watch a video about a visit to the dentist

You can read about going to the dentist here.

http://kidshealth.org/kid/feel_better/people/go_dentist.html

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