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Dentist Office - What Happens when you get there?

First, you will sit in a nice waiting room. This is where the kids wait for the child dentist.
After a short time, your name is called and you'll go into an exam room and sit down in a big, comfortable chair. The chair will have a place to rest your head and lots of room for you to stretch out your legs. Next to the chair may be a little sink with a cup that you can use to rinse out your mouth as your teeth are being cleaned.
During the exam, your teeth will be cleaned, flossed, and checked for cavities.

Cleaning and Flossing

One of the people you'll meet at the dentist office is the dental hygienist (say: hi-jeh-nist). A dental hygienist is a person who knows all about keeping teeth and gums clean and healthy.
The dental hygienist will look inside your mouth to make sure your teeth are growing properly and your gums are healthy. A bright, overhead light will shine down into your mouth like a giant flashlight so that the dental hygienist can get a good look inside your mouth.
The dental hygienist will clean and polish your teeth. The dental hygienist removes plaque (say: plak) from your teeth. Plaque is a thin, sticky layer that coats your teeth and contains bacteria that grow on your teeth over time. Plaque that isn't removed from your teeth can cause decay, or cavities.
Next comes brushing and flossing. The dental hygienist will brush your teeth with a special toothbrush and toothpaste.
Then the dental hygienist will floss your teeth and show you the correct way to brush and floss your teeth at home.

Checking for Cavities

During your visit to the dentist office, the dental hygienist will take X-rays, or pictures, of your teeth. X-rays are like superman vision. They can show cavities hiding between your teeth and problems beneath your gums. A cavity is a decayed, or rotted, part of a tooth.
It does not hurt to get an X-ray and it takes only a few seconds. The dental hygienist will place a thick blanket over your chest (to protect your body from the high-energy waves) and put a piece of plastic (that holds the X-ray film) into your mouth. As you gently bite down on the plastic, you'll have to be very still for a few seconds while the dental hygienist takes the picture.