What is the dental terminology to know when visiting the dentist ?

Here are some popular dental terminology that you might encounter when visiting the dentist:

  1. Cavity – A decayed portion of a tooth that needs to be filled.
  2. Crown – A cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength.
  3. Plaque – A sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
  4. Tartar – Hardened plaque that forms on teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional.
  5. Gingivitis – A mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums.
  6. Root canal – A procedure that involves removing the pulp of a damaged or infected tooth to save the tooth.
  7. Braces – Orthodontic appliances that are used to straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites.
  8. Prophylaxis – A dental cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar from teeth.
  9. Extraction – The removal of a tooth that is damaged, decayed, or causing pain.
  10. X-ray – A diagnostic tool that uses radiation to capture images of teeth and jawbones to help dentists identify dental problems.


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