ESL and dental vocabulary are two entities that converge for the second language student who is working towards a career in the field of dentistry. The challenges of pursuing a career in any medical field often stem from the complicated terminology that the industry uses. This is difficult for all students, but is obviously more of an issue for students whose native language is not English.
The medical community often uses abbreviations for commonly used words, phrases, ailments, and body parts. The dental field is no exception. Taking abbreviated notes saves time and allows for better patient and doctor interactions. It also makes patient files smaller for easier transport from practice to practice.