Oral Care Glossary
Dentists and Hygienist have a language all their own. This guide breaks down the professional terminology into everyday language.
An area of tooth decay that occurs on the back surface of your tooth away from the middle portion of the tooth surface. These types of cavities often occur on a part of a tooth that faces an adjacent “mesial” tooth surface. The terms “distal” and “mesial” denote the location of a cavity relative to the front of the jaw. “Distal” means toward to the back, and “mesial” means toward the front of the tooth.