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Common Dental Terms

  • Calculus - Hard plaque deposited on the crown of teeth.
  • Crown - Visible part of tooth; above the gum line.
  • Gingiva - Soft tissue that supports the crown of the tooth and adjacent tissues.
  • Gingivitis - Inflammation of the gums.
  • Halitosis - Bad breath.
  • Lingual - Pertaining to the tongue.
  • Mandible - Lower jaw.
  • OraVet - Tooth sealant to prevent bacteria from re-adhering to the teeth.
  • Periodontal - Pertaining to the root of the tooth.
  • Pockets - Areas where the gum loses it's attachment to the tooth.
  • Tartar - Produced by bacteria that live on the teeth. Causes gingivitis, leading to recession of the gums, exposure of the tooth rots, and eventually loss of the tooth.