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Book: Modern Dental Assisting - vocab review - Dental Caries

CAMBRA caries management by risk assessment
Caries The infectious disease process of tooth decay
Caries Risk Test Test for cariogenic bacteria
Cariology The science and study of dental caries
Carious lesion White spots, brown spots, decay on tooth surfaces
Cavitation Formation of cavity or hole from the tooth
Early childhood caries Decay in any primary teeth
Fermentable carbohydrates Simple carbohydrates, such as sucrose, fructose, lactose, and glucose.
Fluoride Mineral used in dental products to make teeth more resistant to decay
Incipient Tooth decay that is beginning to form or become apparent.
Lactobacilli Bacteria that produce lactic acid from carbohydrates
Mutans streptococci Type of bacteria primarily responsible for caries
Pellicle Thin film coating of salivary materials deposited on tooth surfaces
Plaque Soft deposit on teeth that consists of bacteria and bacterial by-products
Rampant caries Decay that develops rapidly and is widespread throughout the mouth
Remineralization Replacement of minerals in the tooth
Saliva flow rate test Determines flow rate of saliva in milliliters per minute
Xerostomia Dryness of the mouth caused by reduction of saliva
Xylitol Ingredient in chewing gum that has an antibacterial effect against decay-causing bacteria
Created by: KiwiMangos