A Quick Review: Smile-Related Abbreviations You Should Know!

Do you find that you hear lots of different abbreviations when you’re learning about dental care, you’re considering dental treatments, or even when you’re sitting in our chair for a dental checkup and cleaning? Our Southlake, TX team realizes that these little groupings of letters that generally make communicating about smile care easier can often become a hindrance when patients aren’t sure what they mean. To get you started, we would love to run through a handful of important abbreviations that you can quickly commit to memory and that will certainly serve you well.


You will hear your TMJs referenced quite a lot, as keeping them safe is a key part of preventive dental care! Remember that this is just an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint, which is the same as your jaw joint. You have two of them. They are located on either side of your head. Take a moment now to just open and close your mouth. Move your jaw from side to side. All of that motion you’re experiencing is provided by your TMJs! When they work well, you don’t think about them too much. However, if TMD (TMJ disorder) occurs, they can feel uncomfortable and tired! Keep up with visits to avoid such an issue.


The ADA is short for the American Dental Association. It’s an association that’s made up of dentists who work to bring awareness, factual information, and oral health care to our country! It’s also something you’ll see stamped on dental hygiene products, such as toothpaste, if the item has been tested by the ADA and has passed (which will let you know that it’s effective)!


OTC means over the counter. Generally speaking, it means any product you’re getting that isn’t prescribed or provided to you by a dental professional. It’s the stuff you get from the shelf at the drugstore!

AACD Fellowship

If you’re not familiar with this, allow us to first remind you that your dentist earned the AACD Fellowship. The AACD stands for American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Being an Accredited Fellow of the AACD is the greatest honor that can be bestowed on an individual within the Academy. In short, it means becoming accredited through written and oral exams, the submission of a portfolio of cases, and achieving the highest level of excellence within cosmetic dentistry.

Keep Your Smile Healthy When You See Us

Of course, part of keeping your smile healthy includes protecting your smile at home with dental care. Remember to also come in to see our team twice every single year, without skipping, for essential cleanings and checkups! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.