speech and language teaching concepts for lets meet a dentist in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/fl/ inital
/r/ medial
/er/ final
/th/ final (voiceless)


community helpers
dental health

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

Let’s Meet a Dentist

By Bridget Heos

Have you ever had a toothache? Or gotten your teeth cleaned? Dr. Florez could help you out! She’s a dentist, and today she has an office full of curious visitors. They try out her dentist’s chair and look at X-rays of teeth. They also learn how she helps patients keep their teeth clean and healthy. Hooray for dentists!

This informative community helpers-themed book can be used in speech therapy to address vocabulary and character analysis. It is also great for targeting different grammar concepts, such as adjectives and verbs. Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Let’s Meet a Dentist in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

descriptive sequence

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (action)
verbs (mental state)
complex sentence structure
text features


mission, crowded, germs, spreading, scrapes, gunk, pedal, polish, cavity, explorer, bacteria, floss, filling, crooked, braces

Character Analysis:

Dr. Florez is a Dentist. She cares for the health of her patients’ teeth, but also teaches her patients how to clean their teeth. Dr. Florez checks for cavities after her Dental Hygienist, Pam, cleans the teeth. She also keeps track of her patients’ teeth and notes how many are permanent and if there are any cavities. She also decides if a patient needs to see an Orthodontist to help straighten their teeth.


verbs (action)
verbs (mental state)
complex sentence structure

Text Features:

change in font size for emphasis
fact text boxes
close ups


How do masks and gloves prevent germs from spreading?
What else do you think Dr. Florez does to prevent germs from spreading?
Why do you think the chair is not for playing?
Why do you think Dr. Florez is glad the children think the chair is fun?
Why do you think everyone laughs?
Why are some patients excited to get braces?

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