Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Dentistry Merit Badge






  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.
  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
        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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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 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.
        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.
  7. Find out about three career opportunities in dentistry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Dentistry Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.