Dental Acronyms: What Do They Stand For?

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You may feel a little confused when your dentist tells you what the ADA said, that a clicking jaw could be TMD, or how PO43- is good for teeth. Keep reading to understand what these dental acronyms stand for.

Position Names

DMD: Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (or Doctor of Dental Medicine)

DDS: Doctor of Dental Surgery (receives same training as a DMD)

RDH: Registered Dental Hygienist

Institutions Of The Dental World

ADA: American Dental Association

AAP: American Academy of Periodontology

AAE: American Association of Endodontists

NIDCR: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Minerals That Help Rebuild Teeth

F-: Fluoride

PO43-: Phosphate

Ca: Calcium

Other Terms

ADL: Area dental laboratory

N2O: Nitrous oxide

TMD: Temporomandibular disorders

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint

ONJ: Osteonecrosis of the jaw

BBTD: Baby bottle tooth decay

BPA: Bisphenol A (a chemical found in some dental sealants and composites)

UL: Upper left quadrant of the mouth

UR: Upper right quadrant of the mouth

LL: Lower left quadrant of the mouth

LR: Lower right quadrant of the mouth