Tooth Anatomy: What You Should Know

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Are you interested in protecting your oral health? Do you ever wonder if there could be more you might consider doing? Would you be surprised to know that learning more about the anatomy of your teeth may be helpful? You see, if you understand more about the makeup of your teeth, you could apply that knowledge to improving your oral care.

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.

Unfortunately, if bacteria gets past your enamel, it can attack the next layers of your teeth. When this happens, you may have to cope with issues such as cavities, tooth decay, periodontitis, gingivitis, and tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, 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. Damon Wright 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 Wright Family Dentistry at 870.932.2300. We’re eager to hear from you.