Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Emily Swanson, DMD

Dr. Emily SwansonDr. Emily Swanson is a native of Newnan, GA. She attended undergrad at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Biology. Dr. Swanson earned her DMD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an active member of the American Dental Association on a local, state, and national level, as well as the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and Southern Women’s Dental Study Club.

Dr. Swanson is dedicated to providing exceptional comprehensive dental care and educating her patients to ensure they achieve healthy and beautiful smiles.  Dr. Swanson and her husband, Brian, were married in 2018. They have a Bernedoodle named Legolas, and enjoy exploring Atlanta together. Dr. Swanson is a pianist, and enjoys exercising, a good book, and a cup of tea.  Dr. Swanson is employed at Drescher and Cohen DDS

ALSO listen to Dr. Emily on Solve It! for Kids’ Episode #11 HOW DO YOU BUILD TEETH OUT OF SOAP? 


Dr. Emily Swanson working on a patient

Dr. Emily working on a patient. She uses the special glasses to be able to see exactly what she is doing when she is working on her patient’s teeth.



Get and apple and a pencil. Give the apple 2 or 3 stabs with the pencil. Let the apple sit on the counter for a couple of days. Watch and see what happens. (Hint: the apple decaying is like your teeth decaying.) Explore this by making holes of different sizes and maybe even having multiple apples sit out longer.

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The Tooth Book

Highlighted book for this Episode!

The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums by Edward Miller (Holiday House)  








Book List:

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside  by Laurie Keller (Owlet)

What If You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle (Scholastic)

All about Teeth by Mari Schuh (Capstone Press)

Dentist Tools by Laura Hamilton Waxman (Lerner Publications)

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