Dentistry Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Dentistry Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Dentistry Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Dentistry Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Dentistry Merit Badge Workbook
Dentistry Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Dentistry Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Dentistry Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your note from the Dentist stating you have visited and talked with your Dentist as related to Requirement 3.

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Using x-ray (radiographic) films and with your counselor's guidance, study the tooth structure and look for decay. Then do the following:

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.

Scouts will find the use of the Dentistry Merit Badge Pamphlet to be the best resource to use when preparing for the class on this requirement.  The counselor will have the x-rays for Scouts to use during the class to help with finishing part of this requirement.  Scouts should consider doing as much preparation work, including understanding the terms and practice outlined in this requirement, to best be prepared for wok on this requirement in the class.


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 help 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.

d. Discuss how the use of tobacco products can negatively affect your oral health

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.


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 during a checkup examination.

Scouts will have an opportunity to complete this requirement during the class.  Before the class Scouts will need to work with their parents and visit a dentist and arrange for a dental examination.  Bringing proof to the class is important to help show the counselor that you have done this requirement.  While a dental bill or slip will show that you visited the dentist, this is only part of the requirement.  As the requirement states you are to ask questions of the dentist about things you want to know or observe during your visit.  It is strongly recommended that you get a note from your dentist stating specifically your visit as well as your discussion to ensure proper sign off on this requirement during the class.


4. Do TWO of the following:

a. Name at least five instruments and five pieces of equipment a dentist uses.

Requirement 4a will be completed in the class, however Scouts should come prepared having reviewed the information in the merit badge pamphlet as it pertains to this part of the requirement.

b. With the help of a dentist, prepare a dental stone cast using a vibrator, a mixing bowl, a water measure, a plastic measure, model stone, and a spatula.

c. Keep a record of everything you eat for three days. Circle those items that may provide the sugars that bacterial plaque needs to make acid. List snacks that you should avoid to help maintain the best oral health.

In some instances, Requirement 4b can and will be covered in the class (depending on the counselor), however Scouts should not assume this will be done and should consider doing Requirement 4b or 4c on their own in preparation for the class and to ensure the highest potential of completing Requirement 4 during the class.


5. Discuss with your merit badge counselor the following:

a. How fluorides help prevent tooth decay and the ways fluorides can be provided to the teeth.

b. How the mouth is related to the rest of the body. Topics might include chewing, saliva, enzymes, nutrition, and speech.

Scouts should utilize the Dentistry Merit Badge pamphlet to read and prepare for discussion on this requirement during the class.  It will be difficult to complete this requirement without preparation ahead of time and only those who actively and positively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement.


6. Do TWO of the following:

a. Make a model tooth out of soap, clay, papier-mache', or wax. Using a string and a large hand brush, show your troop or a school class proper tooth-brushing and flossing procedures.

b. Make a poster on the prevention of dental disease. Show the importance of good oral health.

c. Collect at least five advertisements for different toothpastes. List the claims that each one makes. Tell about the accuracy of the advertisements.

d. Write a feature story for your school newspaper on the proper care of teeth and gums. Include in your story how the use of tobacco products can negatively affect a person's oral health.

e. Make drawings and write about the progress of dental decay. Describe the types of dental filling and treatments a dentist can use to repair dental decay problems.

This requirement may be done prior to or after the class.  Time MAY be given during the class to work on this requirement with the guidance of the counselor, however Scouts should consider choosing two of the components from this requirement and prepare their work ahead of time.  Bring this work with to share with the counselor and class for review and sign off.


7. Learn about career opportunities for both Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) and auxiliary dental professions. Pick either general dentistry OR a dental specialty, plus one auxiliary dental profession. Find out about the education, training, and experience required for these two professions. Discuss these with your counselor, and explain why these professions interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019