ESL Dentist Vocabulary

English Dentist’s Office Words

A Filling
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Material placed in the cavity of a tooth to protect it

“I had to get a filling on one of my back teeth the last time I went to the dentist.”

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To get a tooth pulled
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The act of taking out a tooth out of the mouth.

“My daughter got a tooth pulled to make room for the new tooth coming in.”

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Molar tooth
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The large teeth in the back of your mouth used for chewing

“People chew with their molars.”

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Wisdom teeth
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The last teeth in the back of your mouth that come in

“His son got his wisdom teeth when he was 13 years old.”

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Novocaine
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An anesthetic to numb the mouth before a dental procedure.

“They will hopefully give me some novocaine so I won’t feel anything during the procedure.”

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Dental Hygienist
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A person in the dentist’s office that cleans your teeth before the dentist sees you.

“The hygienist cleaned my teeth well before the dentist came in.”

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Dental floss
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A slippery white string that one slides between teeth to clean them.

“You will need dental floss to get that piece of apple out of your teeth.”

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Chipped tooth
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A tooth that is damaged and has a piece missing.

“My front tooth is chipped because my sister threw a rock at me.”

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Braces
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A device placed on the teeth to make them straight.

“John is going to need braces on his bottom teeth. They are crooked.”

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To grind your teeth
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To put your bottom and top teeth together tightly so they come in contact. This is bad for the teeth.

“Don’t grind your teeth. It causes damage to the teeth.”

  • Conversation Activity for A Visit to the Dentist
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