Do you give your teeth enough credit for everything they do for your smile? Little do many people know, your teeth offer layers of protection for your smile, each sending signals when something is wrong with your oral health. Learn more about how your dentist in Westminster works to keep your smile strong while your teeth work to protect your oral health.
What Really Makes Up Your Teeth?
A tooth is made up of two major parts: visual portion and the underlying part beneath the gum line. The crown of a tooth is what everyone can see when you smile. It rests above the gum line and only makes up a third of your actual tooth.
The roots of your teeth
This is a major part of what lies below the gum line. Tooth roots are embedded in the gums and the jawbone. The roots of your teeth work to stimulate blood flow and keep your jawbone strong.
The layer of tooth enamel
The enamel of your teeth is also visible to anyone that looks at your smile. It’s typically shiny and white when you keep up good oral hygiene. Although it’s the hardest substance our body produces, it can still be worn down over time, creating a condition called enamel erosion.
The layer of dentin
The dentin layer of a tooth is naturally yellow. It’s a bony material that supports the tooth enamel and carries some of the nerve fibers of your tooth. When this layer is exposed, your teeth will become extremely sensitive.
The layer of cementum
Cementum is the tooth root’s surface layer. It’s a dynamic to your periodontal health, or gum health. It attaches to both your jawbone and gums. When gingivitis strikes, this is the layer that can become inflamed.
The pulps of your teeth
In the very center of your teeth, there are pulps. This part of your tooth contains blood, nerves, and lymph vessels. It’s a key component to keeping your teeth “alive” because it’s the center of blood flow.
You Must Care for Your Teeth to Keep the Layers Strong
One of the biggest threats to a healthy smile is gum disease. When dental debris and bacteria aren’t effectively removed, the plaque can settle along the gum line and on your teeth, hardening into tartar. Harden tartar deteriorates the gums, causing the advancement of gum disease.
It doesn’t take much to take care of your teeth—simple brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist every six months. If you need more assistance or advice for the best dental care, feel free to contact your local dental office.
About Our Office
We believe that for patients to truly care for their smile, they must understand why. The many layers of your tooth all have a purpose and help your smile stay healthy. During your dental appointments, we’re happy to educate anyone who has questions or wants to learn more about oral health. Feel free to call us for advice or to schedule your next dental visit.