Terminology

Dental Terms

Calculus – An off-white, yellow or brown hardened form of Plaque. More difficult to remove than Plaque. Leads to Halitosis, Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease.

Cavity – Another term for Tooth Decay.

Dental Caries – Another term for Tooth Decay.

Dental Disease – Usually another term for Periodontal Disease but may also refer to Tooth Decay.

Gingivitis – Inflammation of the gums, a mild form of Periodontal Disease.

Gum Disease – Another term for Periodontal Disease.

Halitosis – The medical term for bad breath.

Periodontal Disease – Inflammation and infection of the gums.

Periodontitis – Another term for Periodontal Disease.

Plaque – A colourless or pale-yellow film of bacteria that sticks the teeth. Leads to Calculus, Halitosis, Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease.

Tartar – Another term for Calculus.

Tooth Decay – Breakdown of teeth. Permanent damage. Caused by Plaque.


Seaweed Terms

Alga – The singular term for Algae.

Algae – Aquatic organisms that have the ability to conduct photosynthesis. Seaweed is a type of Algae.

Kelp – A type of Seaweed, that is big and brown.

Macroalgae – Another term for Seaweed.

Marine Algae – A type of Seaweed.

Microalgae – Microscopic, single-celled Algae.

Nori – The Japanese term for either Seaweed in general or for the dried red algae sheets used in cooking.

Phytoplankton – Microscopic Marine Algae.

Plankton – Microscopic organisms that live in water.

Sea Vegetable – Edible Seaweed.

Seagrass – Flowering Seaweed.

Seaweed – A plant that grows in the sea.