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? Knowing the anatomy of your teeth may give you the knowledge you need to take better care of them.
From the outermost layer of your smile, your tooth consists of enamel, dentin, and then pulp. Your tooth enamel is the white outer layer of your teeth. This layer protects your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease. Dentin is a layer of teeth that secretes a hard mineral substance. Pulp is a soft layer that contains your tooth’s blood vessels and nerves. Your cementum 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.
Unfortunately, if bacteria gets past your enamel, it can attack the next layers of your teeth. When this happens, you may experience cavities, tooth decay, periodontics, gingivitis, and tooth sensitivity. Our dentist will be able to help you avoid these issues—especially if you remember to visit our team once every six months. Brushing and flossing consistently will also help.
If you’re worried about the health of your teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. Dr. Raymond Maddox 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 Maddox Family Dental Center at 765-348-4111.