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Requirements Last Revised: 2002 Dentistry - Page 1 of 1
Merit Badge Requirements
1) Using x-ray (radiographic) films and with your counselor’s guidance, study the tooth structure and look for decay. Then do the
A) Using the radiographs as a guide, draw a lower molar. Label its parts and surfaces. Show surrounding structures such as
bone and gum tissues.
B) Show on your drawing where the nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth.
C) Show on your drawing where bacterial plaque is most likely to be found.
2) Do the following:
A) Tell or write about what causes dental decay and gum disease. Tell how each of the following contributes to dental decay
and gum disease: bacterial plaque, sugars, and acid.
B) Tell the possible causes for traumatic tooth loss, describe the types of mouth guards used to prevent tooth trauma, and list
the athletic activities during which a person should wear a mouth guard.
C) Explain the first-aid procedure for saving a tooth that has been knocked out.
3) Arrange for a visit with a dentist. Before you go, ask whether your visit can include a dental examination and a plaque-control
demonstration. Afterward, ask questions about things you want to know. Then tell your counselor what the dentist does in a checkup
4) Do TWO of the following:
A) Name at least five instruments and five pieces of equipment a dentist uses.
B) With the help of a dentist, prepare a dental stone cast using a vibrator, a mixing bowl, a water measure, a plaster measure,
model stone, and spatula.
C) Keep a record of everything you eat for 3 days. Circle those that may provide sugars that bacterial plaque need to make
acid. List snacks that you should avoid to help maintain the best oral health