Topic: The Dentist



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: the dentist. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

toothbrush (n) a brush for cleaning your teeth
I like soft toothbrushes.
toothpaste (n) a substance used to clean your teeth
I like mint flavored toothpaste.
x-ray (n) to examine and make photos the inside of your body
Once a year my dentist takes x-rays of my teeth and gums.
dental floss (n) a special string that is used to clean between your teeth
My dentist recommends that I use dental floss after every meal.
gums (n) the soft tissue under your teeth
It’s important to take care of your gums and teeth.
cavity (n) a hole formed in a tooth by decay or rotting
During my last dentist visit, I had one cavity.
mouthwash (n) a liquid that is used to clean your mouth and teeth and to make your breath smell better
I gargle with mouthwash every time I brush my teeth.
tooth fairy (n) an imaginary person who’s supposed to leave money to children while they sleep in exchange for a tooth that has come out
Children are excited to find that the tooth fairy left them $1 for their tooth.
whitening (n) the act or process of making something white or whiter; teeth
Whitening your teeth will make them brighter.
filling (n) something used to fill a cavity in your teeth
The dentist used a cement as a filling for my cavity.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Is it important to go to the Dentist? Why or why not?
  2. Do or did you have braces?
  3. What flavor of toothpaste do you like? Why?
  4. Do you have any fillings? If so, how many?
  5. Have you ever had an x-ray? If so, for what?
  6. Is there a tooth fairy in your culture?
  7. Have you ever had whitening done to your teeth? If yes, would you recommend it?
  8. Are you afraid of the dentist? Why or why not?
  9. Do you think it’s important to use dental floss and mouthwash? Why or why not?
  10. Do you brush your teeth after every meal? Why or why not?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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