When to Visit the Dentist Glossary of Terms

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Abscess: A local accumulation of pus anywhere in the body. The following are some example...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Cheek: The side of the face, which forms the side wall of the mouth. The cheekbone is part...

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Chin: Medically, the mentum. The lower portion of the face below the lower lip including t...

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Crown: 1. In dentistry, the portion of the tooth that is covered by enamel. 2./...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Ear: The hearing organ. There are three sections of the ear, according to the anatomy tex...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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Fluoride: A compound of fluorine with another element or radical. Fluoride containing com...

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Gingivitis: Gum disease with inflammation of the gums. On inspection, the gums will appea...

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Gum disease: Inflammation of the soft tissue (gingiva) and abnormal loss of bone that surr...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Jaw: The movable junction of the bones below the mouth (the mandible) and the bone just ab...

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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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Mouth: 1. The upper opening of the digestive tract, beginning with the lips and con...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Saliva: a watery secretion in the mouth produced by the salivary glands that aids in the d...

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Scrub: 1. As a verb, to wash the hands and forearms very thoroughly, as before enga...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Subluxation: Partial dislocation of a joint. A complete dislocation is a luxation.

Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint.

Tongue: A strong muscle that is anchored to the floor of the mouth. The tongue is covered ...

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Tooth: One of the structures within the mouth that allow for biting and chewing. Teeth hav...

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Toothache: Pain in the tooth or gum. The most common cause of a toothache is a cavity or a...

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Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Uncertainty: "Medicine's ground state is uncertainty. And wisdom -- for both patients and ...

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