A Dental Information Sheet for Patients

Going to the dentist can be pretty overwhelming for some people. To make matters worse, there are so many different terminologies and dental information your dentist talks about and you have no idea what they mean!

To make your trip to the dentist easier and happier, we’ve compiled a simple dental information fact sheet to help you understand what your dentist is talking about.

1. Dental Amalgam

A restorative material for teeth, dental amalgam is widely used because of its effectiveness. It has been used for over 150 years. It has also been used to restore teeth for 100 million Americans. While amalgam contains mercury content, there is no proof to show the material is harmful to a person’s health in any way.

2. Halitosis

This refers to bad breath but the good news is, it is a common condition to have. Causes of halitosis can vary from eating foods with strong odors to more harmful infections. Not only can bad breath indicate gum infections or conditions, the respiratory system could also be impacted.

3. Cosmetic Dentistry

This relates to the use of procedures such as whitening, dental caps, or even getting a gold tooth. The purpose of these treatments is largely based on aesthetics, but cosmetic dentistry can be used for restoration of teeth as well. Most people only get it done to get prettier, straighter teeth.

4. Dental Decay

Dental decay can be of two types and relates to either the gums or the teeth. The enamel and gums will either be diseased or have started to wear down. Dentists usually take the time to analyze the extent of the dental decay before they start to work out an effective treatment plan.

5. Dental Implants

If you’re getting teeth taken out or lost permanent teeth, you will have to get dental implants. They’re basically fake teeth. While you can get dentures as well, most implants are permanent. However, you can discuss with your dentist about the kind of implants you need or are comfortable with.

6. Xerostomia

Does your mouth feel dry at all times? You might have xerostomia. The condition relates to dryness in the mouth and can be caused by various reasons. The most common ones are as a side-effect from medication for health complications, from radiation, or because of chemotherapy and substance abuse of particular drugs. Xerostomia can also make it likely for one to develop halitosis.

7. Bruxism

When people feel stressed out or tensed, they tend to lock their jaw and grind their teeth. Bruxism refers to this condition but some people experience it so frequently the habit develops into a disorder. It occurs more commonly when a person is asleep. It can wear away the enamel of your teeth and also cause jaw soreness and poor sleep quality.

8. Periodontal Diseases

This term relates to diseases affecting the gums and soft tissue in the mouth. Not all gum diseases are the same but they usually fall under this blanket term. It’s always a good idea to ask for more clarification and understand the condition more.

With the help of this dental information, you will be able to have a better dental experience the next time you go for a checkup. If you have any other questions about terms, we can help!