A Closer Look at Your Teeth

Our teeth are an important part of maintaining the health of the rest of our body. We use our teeth every day from chewing to talking, so let us talk about the structure that allows our teeth to complete our everyday tasks so easily. Let’s look at the makeup of our teeth.

What is Tooth Enamel?

healthy teethThe part of the tooth that appears above the tissue of our gums is called the crown. There are three layers. The first layer is enamel, the second layer is Dentin, the third layer is the dental pulp. All these layers are what helps protects the tooth so we can enjoy the things we love most.   The hardest substance you will find when examining your teeth is the outer layer which we call enamel. Enamel is the hardest substance you will find in the human body. It must be strong and tough to help us properly break down the foods we chew. Enamel’s anatomy is different from bone, it is made up of living cells, this allows it to repair portions of teeth that may be damaged by the foods we consume. Avoiding acids that could cause erosion is the best way to protect our enamel. Regular cleanings such as brushing and flossing daily and regular dental visits can help prevent the loss of enamel to your teeth.

What is Dentin?

Under the first layer of enamel is a softer substance called dentin. Dentin is a softer substance that is more yellowish and less pretty than the first layer enamel.  This substance is like your bones, and it contains a calcified living tissue. It allows your dentist to measure temperature. It has microscopic tubules, which connect the pulp to the enamel of your teeth. When you don’t care for your teeth properly, or when they start to wear down you will experience sensitivity caused by the tubules being exposed to the outer layer.

What is Dental Pulp?

In the center of each tooth, there is a pocket containing what is known as dental pulp. Dental Pulp is a combination of tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, that help keep the tooth healthy and allow you to have feeling. This includes pain detection, which alerts us when something is wrong and needs expert attention.

What are Roots?

The root system for your teeth extends deep into the jawbone. Your roots are made up of hollow nerves, blood vessels, periodontal ligaments, and gum tissue.  They act as an anchor to help keep your teeth secure and in place. Without this complexed root system, our teeth would not be able to function the same.

Taking Care of All of your Teeth

Oral health is important to our overall wellbeing. Without taking care of our teeth the rest of our body would not be able to function properly. Make sure to schedule your regular check-ups on a yearly bases and let your dentist troubleshoot any problems that may exist. Call today to schedule your appointment now. (719) 528-5577