Pediatric Dental Terms

As we strive to create a positive experience for your child in our office, we are selective in our use of words.  We try to avoid words that might frighten or worry your child.  Please support us by NOT using the scary words, and not correcting your child if they choose to use our equivalents.

AVOIDOUR EQUIVALENT
needle or shotsprayer, sleep juice or sleepy drops
drill (high speed or low speed)whistle brush or Mr. Bumpy
drill on teethwash/clean the sugar bugs out
pull or yank a toothwiggle a tooth out
ADULT TERMSPEDIATRIC EQUIVALENT
decay or cavitysugar bug hole
examinationcount teeth
tooth cleaning or prophytickle teeth
explorer or dental picktooth counter
rubber damraincoat
nitrous oxide or gasmagic/happy air
suctionvacuum, straw or Mr. Thirsty
water/air sprayersquirt gun
mouth proptooth chair/pillow

Our intent is not to FOOL your child, but to use words that help us create a positive experience.  As your child matures and grows in confidence, we will adjust our word choice to reflect that growth.  We appreciate your cooperation in helping us build a good attitude for your child!