Dentist conversation questions
Going to the dentist isn’t anybody’s favourite pastime but it is something we all have to do. Here is a discussion worksheet on the topic to get ESL students talking.
The difficult words on this speaking handout include – filling, false, dental floss, mouthwash, toothpick, treatment, decay, breath, practitioner, gameshow host, anesthetic, needle, braces, and fairy.
The dentist conversation questions are –
How often do you brush your teeth? How long should you brush them for?
When was the last time you went to the dentist? Why did you go?
How do you feel about going to the dentist? Are you afraid at all?
Are dentists expensive in your country? How much does a filling cost?
Do you know anybody with a set of false teeth?
Do you ever use dental floss or mouthwash? How about toothpicks?
Would you like to become a dentist? Why or why not?
Does your country provide free dental treatment? Is there a waiting list?
Do you know of any ways to treat a toothache without visiting a dentist?
Have you ever had a tooth pulled out?
What causes decay in people’s teeth?
What things cause people to have bad breath?
Have you ever had a very bad experience at a dentist’s? What happened?
Do you always go to the same dentist or do you change practitioners? Why?
What do you think of people who have perfect teeth like gameshow hosts?
What do you dislike most about going to a dentist?
Have you ever broken a tooth? How did it happen?
Have you ever had a dental anesthetic needle? Could you talk afterward?
What does a dentist usually wear?
Do you have a favourite brand of toothpaste or do you just use any kind?
Have you or anyone you know ever had braces?
What is the longest amount of time you have sat in a dentist’s chair?
Did your parents ever tell you stories about the tooth fairy?
Do you think you could ever fall asleep at the dentist?
Here are some examples of colloquial language relating to dentistry and teeth that you may want to introduce to the class after the speaking activity.
If someone is said to be long in the tooth, this means they are considered old or aging.
If something is as scarce as, or as rare as hens’ teeth it is considered very rare. Chickens don’t have teeth, so it kind of makes sense.
If a task is extremely boring to the point that it is almost painful you can say it is like pulling teeth.
To drill deeper means to gather more information and find out more about a subject or problem.