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Oral Hygiene

TermDefinition
crown The part of the tooth you can see that is not covered by the gum.
enamel Very tough substance that acts as a tooth's personal bodyguard. It works as a barrier, protecting the inside parts of the tooth.
pulp Innermost part of the tooth. The tooth's nerve endings and blood supply are found here.
incisors Your two front teeth and the teeth on either side of them. They are shaped like tiny chisels, with flat ends that are somewhat sharp. These teeth are used for cutting and chopping food.
canine The pointy teeth beside your incisors that are used to help tear food.
cavity Develops when a tooth decays or breaks down. A hole that can grow bigger and deeper over time.
plaque A clear film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth.
gingivitis A gum disease that can make your gums red, swollen, and sore.
gums The soft pink tissues in your mouth that hold your teeth in place.
fluoride Natural element found in the earth's crust as well as in water and air. Used to protect people against tooth decay.
Created by: cmadamba