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Cornerstone Kids Dentistry | Terminology in Agawam



At Cornerstone Kids Dentistry we use kid friendly terminology that focuses on positive and relatable items that children can easily understand. We purposely avoid scary or unfamiliar words that may hinder communication with your child. Please support us by using OUR language (and NOT the common dental terms) when discussing dentistry with your child. These include:


Cornerstone Kids Terminology

High Speed Dental Drill

Tooth Washer/ Mrs. Whistles

Slow Speed Dental Drill

Tooth Cleaner/ Mr. Bumpy


Mr. Thirsty

Bite Block (to assist opening)

Tooth Chair


Blowing a Bubble, Wiggling a Cheek

Nitrous Oxide

Happy Air, Silly Gas, Spaceship Gas

Dental Exam

Counting Teeth

Cavity or Decay

Sugar Bugs

Pull a tooth

Wiggle a tooth

Cut out decay

Wash away sugar bugs

Silver Crown

Tooth Hat, Princess Crown


By using these terms, our intention is NOT to “trick” your child but simply to increase our ability to communicate. Do not feel pressured to introduce all of these words to your child. If you are overwhelmed at the thought of explaining the dental appointment, leave it to us! We appreciate your cooperation in helping us build a positive dental experience for your child.

Agawam Dentist | Terminology. Dr. Andrea Fallon is a Agawam Dentist.