Dental Vocabulary

Dental vocabulary is very important for your health. The items in the picture help you keep good dental hygiene -- that is, keeping your mouth and teeth clean.

It's important to get regular check-ups at the dentist's office where a dental hygienist will clean your teeth and the dentist will check your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy and there are no cavities (holes) in your teeth.

Many people hate going to the dentist, especially if they had dental work done when they were children. The sounds of the drills that fix and polish the teeth can be scary for children.


breath freshener:  a spray used to cover-up bad smells in the mouth.

dental floss:  a thin piece of string for cleaning that is often waxed so it can easily move between the teeth and gums.

electric toothbrush:  a toothbrush that is powered by electricity to clean the teeth and gum line.

mouth wash:  a liquid used to clean bacteria and germs in the mouth and freshen the breath.

toothbrush:  a brush with thin stiff bristles for cleaning the teeth and gums.

toothpaste: a creamy paste used to clean the teeth.

Some other important dental vocabulary:

dental check-up: a routine examination at the dentist's office where your teeth are cleaned and examined.

cavity:  a hole in the tooth that forms because of tooth decay.

teeth cleaning:  a routine cleaning of the teeth by a dental hygienist or dentist.

dental exam:  an examination by the dentist to control for tooth and gum disease and other problems.

flossing: a method of cleaning between the teeth and gums using dental floss.

dentist: a medically-trained professional who examines and treats patients for mouth, gum and teeth issues.

dental hygienist: a professionally-trained individual who cleans the teeth and checks for basic gum disease.

braces:  metal or plastic devices that are attached to the teeth to make them straight.

tooth decay: the process of the tooth losing it's health.

gums: the pink/red flesh that surrounds the teeth.

tongue: the soft moveable part inside the mouth that is used when tasting and eating food and when speaking.

Your turn to use this dental vocabulary

This is not a long list of words but they are important. It's easy to learn this vocabulary. Simply practice each morning as you brush and floss your teeth.... you do floss your teeth, right?

Do you go to the dentist's regulary to have your teeth cleaned and checked? Have you had any major dental work done? I had braces when I was a child and I've also had a root canal (ouch!) and several cavities. Please leave a comment below to practice your English.


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