Top 10 Dental Terms. How Many Of These You Know ?

  1. Cavities – Holes in teeth caused by decay
  2. Plaque – A sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth
  3. Tartar – Hardened plaque that can only be removed by a dentist
  4. Gum disease – Infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss
  5. Root canal – A procedure to remove infected or damaged tissue from a tooth
  6. Crown – A cap placed over a damaged tooth to protect and restore it
  7. Bridge – A device used to replace missing teeth
  8. Dentures – Removable prosthetic teeth
  9. Braces – A device used to straighten teeth
  10. Impacted tooth – A tooth that has not fully emerged from the gums
  11. Wisdom teeth – The last set of molars to emerge in the back of the mouth
  12. Enamel – The hard, outer layer of teeth
  13. Dentin – The layer of tooth beneath the enamel
  14. Pulp – The soft tissue inside a tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels
  15. Extraction – The process of removing a tooth
  16. Filling – A material used to fill cavities
  17. Bonding – A procedure to repair chipped or discolored teeth
  18. Scaling – A deep cleaning of the teeth and gums
  19. Whitening – A cosmetic procedure to lighten the color of teeth
  20. X-ray – An imaging technique used to diagnose dental problems. Yes you know this one for sure but do you know the types 🙂
  21. Bruxism – The habit of grinding or clenching teeth, often during sleep
  22. Halitosis – Chronic bad breath
  23. Orthodontics – A specialty of dentistry concerned with the alignment of teeth
  24. Occlusion – The way the teeth fit together when the jaw is closed
  25. Abscess – A pus-filled sac that forms in the gums or at the root of a tooth
  26. Gingivitis – Inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria
  27. Periodontitis – An advanced form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss
  28. Prophylaxis – A routine cleaning and examination of the teeth and gums
  29. Sealant – A thin coating applied to teeth to prevent decay
  30. Enamel erosion – Loss of the hard outer layer of the tooth due to acid exposure
  31. Dry socket – Pain and inflammation that can occur after a tooth extraction
  32. Malocclusion – Misalignment of the teeth and/or jaws
  33. Tooth sensitivity – Pain or discomfort when teeth are exposed to hot, cold, or sweet foods/drinks
  34. Overbite – When the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth too much
  35. Underbite – When the lower front teeth overlap the upper front teeth too much
  36. Retainer – A device used to maintain the position of teeth after orthodontic treatment
  37. Implant – A surgical component that is placed into the jawbone to support a dental prosthesis
  38. Crown lengthening – A surgical procedure that exposes more of a tooth’s structure for restorative or cosmetic purposes
  39. Caries – Another term for tooth decay
  40. Fluoride – A mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities.


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