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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.

In order, the portions of your teeth consist of enamel, dentin, pulp, cementum, and finally, the periodontal ligament. Your enamel, which is typically considered the hardest substance in the human body, is the protective outer layer of your teeth. After your enamel is your dentin, which is made of living cells that secrete a hard, mineral substance. The center of your tooth is known as the pulp, which contains blood vessels and your nerves.

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. Craig Thompson 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 Ventana Family Dentistry at 623-566-1200. We’re eager to hear from you.