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Dentistry - In-Person Class Notes

Please be courteous and arrive early for registration and instructions PRIOR to your scheduled class start time. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Your BSA ID # (not your Scoutbook ID #)
  • If you do not have your BSA ID # (or did not provide it with your online registration) you will need a Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scout Leader
  • Dentistry Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Dentistry merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

If you are unfamiliar with the Blue Card Process, please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Dentistry - Online Class Notes

Scoutmaster Bucky Online Class links will be sent out 12 to 24 hours prior to the class start time. Notification will be sent to the email address provided in the registration, so please make sure your email is correctly entered.

Please be courteous and arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time. Ensure that your internet connection, camera, microphone, and broadcasting environment are working and optimal for class participation. Remember that your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending.

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 organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements. Merit badge counselors may refuse to accept workbooks, but they are NEVER allowed to require their use.

The merit badge pamphlet has a wealth of information that provides valuable insight and clarification and can make earning any merit badge a lot easier. Doing preparation work and reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending will ensure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities.

If you have any additional questions or need further clarification, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmaster Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or via cell phone at 612-483-0665.

Dentistry Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of January 25, 2023

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

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 and leave 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 / instructor 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 practices 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 / instructor 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 / instructor that the requirement has been worked on. While a dental bill or slip will show that Scouts have visited their dentist, this is only part of the requirement. As the requirement states Scouts are to ask questions of the dentist about things they want to know or observe during their visit. It is strongly recommended that Scouts get a note from their dentist stating specifically their visit, as well as discussion, to ensure proper sign off on this requirement may be considered.
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 / instructor that the requirement has been worked on. While a dental bill or slip will show that Scouts have visited their dentist, this is only part of the requirement. As the requirement states Scouts are to ask questions of the dentist about things they want to know or observe during their visit. It is strongly recommended that Scouts get a note from their dentist stating specifically their visit, as well as discussion, to ensure proper sign off on this requirement may be considered.
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 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 most instances, Requirement 4b 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.
Scouts will need to choose either Requirement component 4b or 4c to have completed and prepared for prior to the class. Time will be given in the class to share and discuss their work with the counselor / instructor for consideration for sign off. Be Prepared.
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-mâché, or wax. Using a string and a large hand brush, show your troop or a school class proper toothbrushing 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 / instructor, 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 / instructor 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.