Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Dentist Field Trip

On Friday, we had a American homeschooling field trip. They don't happen very much as many of us live quite a distance from each other. There is little housing on the military base so Americans are spread out all over the region, so unless the home schooler's participate in some of the base children's activities we don't see them very much. However this year the dental clinic on base asked if the home schoolers wanted to have a field trip. Emails were sent out and we were able to arrange a great field trip! My kids have been quoting what they learned all weekend and even implementing some changes all on their own.

First the children sat thru a 30 minute presentation side show on taking care of your teeth, what a cavity looks like and what a dentist does. I know my kids where listening because all weekend my son has been telling anyone who will listen that sugar causes bacteria in your mouth to make plaque and that will cause a cavity -- hasn't stopped him from eating candy but he is at least aware. My daughter shocked me on Sunday morning while at a breakfast buffet as she added water to her apple juice on her own and willingly. Telling her Dad proudly what she did and why. I just love little moments like that:)

Taking a tour of the dentist office -- seeing an exam room and being told what all the equipment is for.

Seeing what a clinician would wear while performing a dental surgery. Trying on the X-ray vest

Explaining the X-ray machine and seeing some x-rays on a computer.

Okay I have a confession to make, since moving to England my kids haven't been to the dentist in 2 years. So all of this was really new to them. I will be making a appointment for them very soon.

Next we went into the lab where we were shown teeth models and told why and how they were made. We were also shown different types of fillings and why some people prefer one over the other. For instance I didn't know that gold fillings and crowns were better as the gold wears away before the opposite teeth do. Whereas porcelain fillings grind away the opposite teeth.

Drawers and drawers of teeth. Did you know there are over 27 different colors of teeth. And your teeth might all be slightly different colors. The Dentist showed the kids a computer that reads the color of your teeth and this allows the dentist to make the perfect color match for your teeth. I had no idea!

Each child then got a quick dental screening and thankfully both kids passed with flying colors. They also got a much better understanding why I nag (yes, I nag) them to brush for 2 minutes twice a day!


  1. Great post and it looks like a very educational and memorable field trip! I had no idea about the filling differences and I learned some other new things just from reading your post :) Clicked a vote for you! Have a great day!

  2. If was a great field trip and I learned stuff I didn't know:). Now I need to make everyone an appt soon.

  3. That sounds like a fun field trip. It is nice when the kids can take information presented to them and apply it to their lives. How fun! The dentist is one of our least favorite places to go in our house, but we usually make it out of there with no tears. I do hear I'm hungry the entire 30 minutes we need to wait after the fluoride treatment. Funny how that happens.

  4. Hi Ali,
    I will have to remember to feed my kids before the fluoride treatment. I can see my kids doing that to me too!

  5. What a great little field trip, and looks like it was very informative! I see you are abroad, with that whole American field trip talk. I am living abroad too, and I know how important it is to have things feel 'like home' at times. Looks like it was here! Stopped over from the Hump Day Hop, and glad I did. Have a good Wednesday!

  6. Hello, I'm following you from No Ordinary Blog Hop. What a great experience for your kids at the dentist. :)
    Jan at Jewelry4Change

  7. Thanks for following Jan and I am following back:)

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  9. Your daughter looks sedated in that x-ray vest picture. LOL! I never thought to go on a field trip to the dentist, as experiences with dentists in the past have not been very good for me. All I think of is pain when I think of dentists, unfortunately.

  10. LIL Susan you are right I hadn't thought of it that way. I have to say the Dental clinic put on a great experience for the kids. It has been a week and my kids are still making a few changes with their teeth brushing skills:)

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  12. What a great idea for a field trip. My son has been to the dentist several times, but it is still a struggle to get the two minutes of brushing every time. Thank you for sharing this. I voted for you. Have a great day.

  13. Hi Tawna thanks for following and I am following back. I will look into your weekend hop

  14. Hi Lynda,
    I hear ya, I have bought timers, tooth brushes that sing songs for two minutes and everything I can think of. But this talk made them more aware. We will see if it lasts long term:)

  15. Wow, that dentist clinic is so good. The place is so clean and very peaceful. I can see that it has all the equipment that a dentist need. I want to visit that clinic too.

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  16. Sounds like a great trip! Helping the kids be more aware of things like the dentist and their teeth would be very helpful. Knowing is half the battle, after all. Here's to hoping that it would help them handle any dental appointments that would be done to them in the future.

    -Eddie Storms

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  18. It is a great idea to teach children about the benefits of visiting a dentist in such an engaging way. At the very least, they’d know why you insist that they brush their teeth after meals, and how it can affect their dental health. Anyway, it’s great that they got a clean bill of health from that impromptu dental screening. I hope it stays that way for quite some time. Cheers!

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