Oral Health Encyclopedia

Acute
An illness that comes on suddenly, lasts a short time and may require immediate treatment.
Adult-onset diabetes
A health condition that develops in adults in which they are unable to produce enough insulin to control the level of sugar in their blood
Aesthetic
Describes something to do with appearance and beauty, like a smile. Also spelled esthetic. The aesthetic zone is the area showing your teeth and gums when you smile.
Antibiotic prophylaxis
The use of antibiotics before an operation to prevent a bacterial infection.
Antibiotics
Medicines that kill those bacteria that can make you sick.
Anticoagulant medications
Medicines that are used to keep blood clots from forming in the blood. They are taken to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack.