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When was the last time you went to the dentist? Did you understand what the dentist said? Could you describe your problem to the dentist? In this activity you will learn how to talk to the dentist and understand what the dentist says to you.


Task 1 - ordering

Task 2 - vocabulary

Task 3 - match the sentences


Dentist:          Good morning, Ms Karpinski. What’s the problem?

Patient:          I’ve got toothache. I think it’s in this tooth.

Dentist:          Right, let me have a look. Open your mouth wide.

Dentist:          Does it hurt when I touch it?

Patient:          Ow! Yes, it’s very painful.

Dentist:          Yes, you’ve got some bad decay in there. I’m going to have to

                        fill that tooth.

Patient:          Oh, OK, Can you do it now?

Dentist:          No, you’ll need to book an appointment with the receptionist on the way out. You should do it as soon as possible.

Patient:          OK, I’ll do that.

Dentist:          And remember to clean your teeth twice a day.

Patient:          I will, thank you.

Dentist:          Good bye Ms Karpinski

Patient:          Bye




Now you have learnt some new words about going to the dentist,

If you want to read more about dental treatment on the NHS you can go to this link:

NHS dental services

Tell us about when you have been to the dentist.

  • Did you have any problems or treatments?
  • Did the dentist help?

Add a comment below to tell us.

This is based on a resource from Salford City College, we would like to thank them for allowing us to use this.