Episode 11: How Do You Build Teeth Out of Soap?

Meet the Expert:   Dr. Emily Swanson, DMD

Dr. 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 Nashville together. Dr. Swanson is a pianist, and enjoys exercising, a good book, and a cup of tea.

Dr. Swanson is employed at Embassy Dental in Nashville, TN



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.







Before Dr. Emily could work on actual patients, she had to learn how to work on models of teeth. One of the assignments she had in dental school was to mold teeth out of pieces of soap. This activity helps dentists to understand how they need to re-build teeth that might have cavities that need to be filled. The filling must fit into their mouth correctly to keep the person’s bite even. It’s not an easy job. Give it a try!



  Watch this You-Tube video of how you carve a tooth out of soap. Then do it yourself.

Be sure to be safe while doing this and have an adult supervise/help you if necessary. 

With your parents permission, send us a picture of your tooth via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR

tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve

If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment below about the episode, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a FREE copy of the book listed below.


FREE Book giveaway when you submit your picture 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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