Words have the power to change your child’s entire dental appointment. Kids may experience apprehension or anxiety from their toothache or dental emergency. It is important to use a kid-friendly set of words to help young patients feel calm and informed during their appointments.
When talking about the dentist at home, keep our special terminology in mind. Fun and helpful word substitutions provide a sense of understanding, while nurturing a positive attitude about dental care for years to come. After all, going to the dentist should be fun, not scary!
Here are some of the most common pediatric dental terms used at Creekside Endodontics:
Dental Terminology⇒Kid-friendly Terminology
Nitrous Oxide or Oxygen⇒ Magic Air or Laughing Gas
Root Canal⇒ Clean the Sugar Bugs Inside of the Tooth
Root Canal File⇒ Sugar Bug Ladder
Rubber Dam⇒ Tooth Trampoline
Rubber Dam Clamp⇒ Tooth Ring
Topical Anesthetic⇒ Numbing Candy, Tickle Gel
Injection or Shot⇒ Balloon Medicine
Air or Suction⇒ Vacuum or Straw
Cavities⇒ Sugar Bugs
X-ray Unit⇒ Camera
Leaded Apron⇒ Cape or Blanket
Explorer⇒ Tooth Counter
Andrew Stubbs, DMD is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists. He is a graduate of Boston University and maintains an ecofriendly dental practice in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Stubbs specializes in root canal treatment and provides sedation dental treatment for patients from all over the Denver area.