As you probably know, your teeth are extremely important to the health of your mouth, but did you know that they’re also very important to the health of your body? You also know that your teeth play an important role in chewing and speaking. But, do you know what your teeth are made up of or what you could do to care for your teeth? As you may have guessed, knowing the anatomy of your teeth may give you the knowledge you need to take better care of them.
For instance, the outermost layer of your teeth is known as enamel. This is the hard, white part of your tooth. The next layer is called dentin, which is made up of living cells and secretes a hard, mineral substance. The next layer, known as pulp, is much softer and holds the bloods vessels and nerves of your tooth. Next, is your cementum, which is a layer of connective tissues that binds the roots of your teeth firmly to your gums and jawbone. Finally, you have the periodontal ligament, which holds the tooth to the jaw.
Sadly, if your enamel breaks down, bacteria may be able to reach the inner layers of your teeth. Once this happens, you could ultimately have to cope with sensitive teeth, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. In other words, if you protect your enamel, the inner layers of your teeth will be kept safe. Naturally, you should also remember to visit our dentist frequently and to brush and floss every day.
If you’re worried about the health of your teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. Dr. Gary Cappelletti and our team will be happy to offer you personalized advice. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact El Cerro Dental at 925-837-8564. We’re eager to hear from you.