should go to the dentist twice a year. Once every six months,
every teenage girl should sit in the dentist’s chair and
get her teeth cleaned and examined by a professional dentist. Just
like any other trip to the doctor, the dentist’s visit is
important for keeping up with your health and preventing any major
problems down the road.
At the dentist, you will get your teeth cleaned. Although it’s
uncomfortable sitting there with your mouth open wide and with
somebody’s hand moving around inside, it feels really good
afterwards when your teeth are sparkling, smooth and super-clean.
Your dentist also takes a gander in your mouth, to check for gum
issues and other visible problems. You will probably have an x-ray
taken so the dentist can see if you have any cavities. A cavity
is a rotten, germy hole in your tooth. It's rotten because germs
and plaque built up on that spot and weren't cleaned off regularly.
If the dentist finds a cavity, you’re going to have to schedule
another visit to the dentist to get it filled. This procedure involves
a drill to remove the rotten part of the tooth. Then the dentist
will put a filler in there to plug the hole left after removing
the cavity. Cleaning out those rotten spots was uncomfortable in
the Dark Ages, but now your dentist can numb the area around the
tooth being worked on so you won’t feel a thing.