Did you know that World Oral Health Day is celebrated every year on March 20th? It’s a day to help build awareness about the benefits of a healthy mouth (and everything in it!) and issues that surround oral health. Our Junior Reporter Josh C. had the chance to attend a dental camp. He learn more about what dentists do to keep their patients’ mouth healthy and now he’s thinking of becoming a dentist or orthodontist himself! Read more about his experience below—maybe his report will inspire you to become a dentist too!
By Josh C.
We all have to see the dentist, but have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be a dentist yourself? On February 10th, 2018, I had the opportunity to go to a free dental camp for middle schoolers at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. We learned about what dentists do and got to do interesting activities like teeth impressions, soap carving, and composites.
To learn about personal dental hygiene, professional dentists showed us techniques for properly brushing teeth and how they check for any problems in people’s mouths. We took turns chewing a purple pill that showed how much plaque we had (it turns out, I had a lot).
We also carved a bar of soap to simulate making a crown (a fake tooth) and to learn about the different parts of our teeth. It was much harder to do than it seems. I was doing really well until I accidentally cut my soap tooth in half with the razor.
My favorite part of the camp by far was doing fillings. Each of us worked at our own dentist station with a model of a tooth, dental tools, and a real dentist’s drill. We used the drill to remove the cavity and then filled the hole with composite filling. At the end of camp, they gave us pizza, and some kids won raffle prizes.
Overall, I learned a lot that day and am now thinking of becoming a dentist or orthodontist. I got the chance to learn how to take care of my teeth, to fix other people’s teeth, and also about the different parts of my mouth from real dentists.