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Oral Care Glossary

Oral Care Glossary
Dental Speak, Defined.

Dentists and Hygienist have a language all their own. This guide breaks down the professional terminology into everyday language.

Lidocaine

A local anesthetic agent that is used to numb the gum tissue before a dental procedure (composite filling, gum surgery). Lidocaine can help prevent pain that may occur during the dental procedure. It usually wears off about two or three hours after surgery.

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