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Dentists fight tooth decay like superheroes fight crime.

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes—and fight crime with a lot of different abilities. Wonder Woman uses her superhuman strength, speed, and ability to fly to beat the bad guys, while heroes like Batman and Iron Man rely on state-of-the-art inventions to help them join the fight against evil—even though they’re just normal people. What if we told you pediatric dentists have more in common with superheroes than you might think?

This mindset could transform the way some kids relate to dentists. After all, just like superheroes use their abilities or technology to protect people from crime, pediatric dentists use their special skills and technology to protect your little one and their teeth from tooth decay. If your child needs a little boost in their enthusiasm for trips to the dentist, try sharing these 5 ways their dentist is like a superhero.

1. They stop decay in its tracks.

When tooth decay strikes, dentists are there to stop it in its tracks—just like superheroes stop criminals! Whether decay strikes as a cavity or gum disease, your dentist has the tools and skills they need to stop it from spreading, remove it, and restore your oral health. Toothaches don’t stand a chance against your dentist! Your dentist also works hard to prevent decay from returning by using special sealants or taking the time to teach you how to protect yourself by flossing and brushing your teeth.

2. They use lasers.

Have you noticed that a lot of superheroes use lasers to bring down the bad guys? Superman and Cyclops use their laser vision, and Iron Man shoots lasers from his suit. Well, at Must Love Kids, your dentist uses lasers to protect your oral health! Lasers are really useful in the fight against decay because they can treat cavities and gum disease. They’re painless and work better than traditional dental tools like drills because they’re more precise—and they’re a lot quieter, so they’re a lot less scary!

While Iron Man’s lasers might make you think your dentist’s lasers will feel hot, the lasers actually feel like your dentist is spraying water in your mouth. Lasers help your dentist get every last bit of decay without hurting the healthy parts of your teeth or gums. Since lasers also help your mouth heal faster, you’ll be running around outside and munching on your favorite snacks in no time! Like Iron Man, your dentist relies on amazing tech! Dentists use their neat tools to join the fight against bacteria so you can stay healthy and happy!

3. They help kids fall in love with science and dentistry.

A lot of superheroes, like The Flash and Iron Man, were scientists or inventors before they started fighting crime. They inspire kids to love science and stand up for good throughout their comic series and movies. In the same way, when your dentist gives you a great experience at the office and uses neat technology like lasers that seem to be pulled right from comic books, it encourages a lot of kids to fall in love with science and dentistry. Your dentist can help you understand that dental appointments aren’t scary, and there’s a lot you can learn about dentistry so you can begin protecting your teeth from decay even more effectively!

4. They give kids healthy smiles they’re happy to show off.

Superheroes keep the city streets clear of crime, but dentists keep your teeth clear of plaque and decay. Safe cities are cleaner and nicer, which makes more people want to visit them. Similarly, when teeth are healthy and clean, they look better, which makes you feel more confident showing off your amazing smile!

5. They get to wear a costume like a superhero.

When bad guys show up, every superhero runs into a hiding place so they can put on their costumes. This costume announces they’re here to fight evil, and each superhero has their own special costume so everyone knows exactly which hero they are—no one’s going to mix up Spiderman, Superman, and Iron Man! Just like superheroes, your dentist has a special costume they wear to work every day called “scrubs.” These scrubs do exactly what superhero costumes do by announcing that they’re a dentist and they’re on the clock to actively fight decay! When your dentist is ready to rest from a day’s worth of fighting plaque, cavities, and gum disease, they put on normal clothes—just like superheroes do!

Dentists might not have amazing superpowers like Superman or Wonder Woman, but they have a lot in common with superheroes because they fight to keep you safe and healthy! If you’d also like to be a superhero, you don’t need any special powers. Just like your dentist, you can start vanquishing plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly at home. At your next appointment, your dentist will see how healthy your teeth look and know that you’re a dental superhero in training!