Speaking English for Medical Purposes (Dental Check-up)

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Dental Check-up Sam: Hello, Doctor.

Dr. Peterson: Good morning, Sam. How are you doing today?

Sam: I'm OK. I've been having some gum pain recently.

Dr. Peterson: Well, we'll take a look. Please recline and open your mouth.... that's good.

Sam:(after being examined) How does it look?

Dr. Peterson: Well, there is some inflammation of the gums. I think we should also do a new set of S-rays.

Sam: Why do you say that?

Is something wrong?

Dr. Peterson: No, no, it's just standard procedure every year. It looks like you may have a few cavities as well.

Sam: That's not good news .... hmmm

Dr. Peterson: There are just two and they look superficial.

Sam: I hope so.

Dr. Peterson: We need to take X-rays to identify tooth decay, as well as check for decay between the teeth.

Sam: I see.

Dr. Peterson: Here, put on this protective apron.

Sam: OK.

Dr. Peterson: (after taking the X-rays) Things look good. I don't see any evidence of further decay.

Sam: That's good news!

Dr. Peterson: Yes, I'll just get these two fillings drilled and taken care of and then we'll get your teeth cleaned.

Key Vocabulary


gum pain

to recline

open your mouth



set of X-rays

standard procedure


to identify

tooth decay

protective apron

evidence of further decay


to drill

to take care of

to get your teeth cleaned

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Beare, Kenneth. "Speaking English for Medical Purposes (Dental Check-up)." ThoughtCo, Jul. 9, 2017, thoughtco.com/dental-check-up-1210348. Beare, Kenneth. (2017, July 9). Speaking English for Medical Purposes (Dental Check-up). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/dental-check-up-1210348 Beare, Kenneth. "Speaking English for Medical Purposes (Dental Check-up)." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/dental-check-up-1210348 (accessed March 24, 2018).