S: Patient Education by Juliana Melland
1: Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless substance that is filled with microorganisms. It continuously forms on tooth surfaces throughout the mouth. | Dental Plaque
2: Calculus, also known as tartar, is the hardened deposit that forms on your teeth when plaque is not removed. | Calculus
3: Healthy Gums | Healthy gums should be pink, firm and should not bleed during brushing or flossing.
4: Gingivitis | Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth.
5: Periodontitis | Periodontitis (aka- Periodontal disease) is a severe gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.
6: Dental Caries | Dental caries - aka cavities or tooth decay, is the destruction of tooth structure. Plaque, acids, sugars and bacteria all play a role in the decay process. They work together to break down the surfaces of the teeth called enamel, dentin and cementum.
7: Sealants | Sealants are a hard plastic coating that are placed in deep grooves of the teeth to help prevent decay. Often, toothbrush bristles cannot reach deep into these grooves to remove plaque. Sealants prevent decay in the grooves of the teeth.
10: Tooth Eruption Patterns
12: Adjunctive Aids | Adjunctive aids help people clean difficult to reach areas. They also help people with orthodontic appliances, bridges and implants.
13: Fluoride | 1)-increases the rate of remineralization 2)-protects against demineralization
14: Maintaining a nutritious diet helps keep teeth strong and healthy.
17: Oral Cancer