Learn some dental definitions

Glossary Image 1

This is what your teeth look like and what they are called.

centrals and laterals (incisors)
The four front teeth on the upper and lower jaws (also called incisors)

cuspid (canine)
The teeth near the front of the mouth that come to a single point. Sometimes called the "eye teeth " or "canines. " Canine means "of or like a dog "

bicuspids (premolars)
The teeth with two rounded points located between the cuspids and the molars.

Teeth with broad chewing surface for grinding food, located in the back of the mouth

bicuspids (premolars)

cuspid (canine)

centrals and laterals (incisors)

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Upper Teeth

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Glossary Image 2

This is what a molar looks like.

is a hard, shiny substance that works as a barrier to guard the inside parts of the tooth.

dentin makes up the largest part of the tooth. Dentin is like bone and is almost as hard as enamel.

pulp is where each tooth's nerve endings are.



cementum holds the root of each tooth to the jawbone

jaw bone

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Upper Teeth

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More dental definitions

Caries: Tooth decay, which leads to a cavity.

Orthodontics: Straightening or moving misaligned teeth and/or jaws, usually with braces.

Pediatric dentist/pedodontist: A dentist who treats children from birth through the teen years.

Plaque: A bacteria-containing substance that collects on your teeth. Get rid of plaque by brushing and flossing every day.

Retainer: A device used to stabilize teeth after orthodontic treatment is complete.

Sealant: A thin plastic material used to cover the biting surface of teeth to prevent tooth decay.