Vocabulary Lessons

"Dental Care"

Introduction

Although many people don't like the experience, visiting a dentist regularly is one of the best ways to take care of your teeth. In addition to cleanings, more and more dentists are offering additional care including tooth whitening and orthodontic treatments like braces. You can find other dental services or other practices around the world that are meeting the medical needs of patients. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find related information.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. brush your teeth
  2. family dental plan
  3. fill a cavity
  4. get a dental cleaning
  5. get fillings put in
  6. have a dental checkup
  7. have a dental exam
  8. have an x-ray
  9. have braces
  10. have dental insurance
  11. have your wisdom teeth pulled
  12. remove tartar buildup
  13. set up a dental appointment
  14. sit in the waiting room
  15. talk with an orthodontist
  16. talk with the dental assistant
  17. use dental floss
  18. use tooth whitening
  19. use toothpaste
  20. visit the dentist
  21.  

Practice

You should _________________ at least once a day to remove food between your teeth.

My sister now ________ to straighten her teeth. She'll look great once she gets them off.

I'd like to ______ for next Monday at 3:00 p.m. if the dentist is in at that time.

Follow-Up Activity

Discuss with a partner a past experience at a dentist. Why did you go? What procedures did you have done? Then, use the Internet to locate a dentist in your area. Consider calling to see how much a dental exam would cost. Also, would you have any hesitation to visit a dentist in a foreign country? Why or why not?