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All About Your Teeth

The more you put into learning about your teeth, the better off you are going to be when it comes to keeping them healthy and looking great. The average person doesn't tend to give much thought past regular dental care. However, delving further into your teeth and having a clearer picture of how they work and what their weaknesses are will help you to keep them in healthy shape for much longer as long as you use this information to your benefit.

Your teeth have deep roots that go into your gums

The portion of your teeth that you see are referred to as the crowns. At the end of the crowns there are actual roots that go well beyond your gum line. These roots are what keep your teeth in place and prevent them from moving around. This is important to know because it will help you understand how important it is to protect your teeth from impact.

If you take a hit to your tooth it can cause the root to become loose. If the tooth is left alone, meaning you don't keep touching it, and you get in to see the dentist the tooth can often be saved so you don't end up losing it altogether. Also, when something happens to your tooth, such as a cavity, if it is left untreated then the tooth can rot so bad that it can go all the way down into the root of the tooth.

Your teeth have a protective covering known as the enamel

The outermost layer of your tooth is called the enamel and it is extremely hard. It is what helps protect your teeth from chipping, cavities, and other damage. However, even though the enamel is extreme strong, it is somewhat thin. This is why teeth still suffer damage even though they are protected by such a strong material.

Some people also have thinner enamel which puts their teeth more at risk of cavities and other issues than those with thicker enamel. People with very thin enamel can also end up with orange, yellow, or brown looking teeth because the enamel isn't thick enough to hide the natural center most coloring of the teeth.

There are some things that you can do to help protect the enamel and even help make it thicker. You can make sure you are getting the right amount of calcium. You can also use dental products that are developed to strengthen enamel. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash also protect the enamel, thereby protecting the rest of your teeth as well.

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Orthodontic  Smilemaker.