Basic Dental Knowledge
Ever hear all those dental words being thrown around and feel out of the loop? Here is a
guide to common dental terms that you may need to know.
Cuspid: Your teeth that come to a point (right next to your front teeth) are called
cuspids. Sometimes they are called canines as well. Teeth that come to two points are
Molar: Your back teeth behind your bicuspids.
Crown: The part of your tooth above the gum. (The visible part of your tooth.)
Root: The part of your tooth in your gums.
Enamel: The hard surface of your teeth that protects the root of your tooth.
Gingivae: Another name for your gums.
Pulp: the soft inner structure of your tooth housing nerves and blood vessels.
Antiseptic: A chemical that can be applied to your mouth to destroy germs.
Aspirator: A straw like vacuum the dentist uses to suck all the saliva from your mouth.
Caries: Another name for a cavity.
Fluoride: A chemical that hardens your teeth and prevents tooth decay.
Labial and Lingual: Anything having to do with your lips or tongue respectively.
Mandible: Your lower jaw
Tartar: Bacteria on your teeth than can lead to periodontal disease.
Plaque: A sticky film that can form on the surface of your teeth that can turn into tartar.