English for Medical Purposes - Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Sam: Hello.
Gina the Dental Hygienist: Hello Mr. Waters. I'm Gina. I'll be cleaning your teeth today.

Sam: Dr. Peterson has just filled two cavities. Why do I need a cleaning?
Gina the Dental Hygienist: Well, we have to make get your teeth and gums clean and disease free.

Sam: I guess that makes sense.
Gina the Dental Hygienist: Oral health leads to trouble-free teeth. I'll start off by removing plaque. Please lean back and open wide.

Sam: OK, I hope it's not too bad.
Gina the Dental Hygienist: Everybody gets plaque, even if they floss regularly. That's why it's important to come in twice a year for check-ups.

Sam: (getting his teeth cleaned, can't say much...)
Gina the Dental Hygienist: OK, please take a drink and rinse.

Sam: Ah, that's better.
Gina the Dental Hygienist: OK, now I'll apply some fluoride. Which flavor would you like?

Sam: I have a choice?
Gina the Dental Hygienist: Sure, we have mint, spearmint, orange or bubble-gum - that's for the kids.

Sam: I'd like to have the bubble-gum!
Gina the Dental Hygienist: OK. (applies fluoride) Now, let me give your teeth a final flossing.

Sam: What type of floss tape do you recommend?
Gina the Dental Hygienist: Personally, I like the flat tape. It's easier to get between the teeth.

Sam: OK, I'll remember that the next time I buy floss. How often should I floss?
Gina the Dental Hygienist: Everyday! Twice a day if possible! Some people like to floss after every meal, but that's not absolutely necessary.

Sam: (after finishing the cleaning) I feel much better. Thank you.
Gina the Dental Hygienist: My pleasure. Have a pleasant day, and remember to floss every day - at least once a day!

Key Vocabulary

to clean someone's teeth
dental hygienist
to fill cavities
disease free
oral health
to lead to
to remove plaque
to floss
to rinse
to apply fluoride
floss tape
floss after meals

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By Kenneth Beare, About.com Guide