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You’ve always been told to take care of your smile by brushing twice a day and flossing daily, but have your ever taken into consideration what your tooth is composed of? Having a more in-depth understanding of your tooth’s anatomy will not help you understand your teeth more, but give you motivation to better care for your teeth. Parts of your tooth include:

– Enamel, covering dentin in the crown of your tooth, is calcified tissue on the outermost part of your tooth. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself after damage from decay or from wear since it doesn’t contain living cells, but can be fixed by your dentist.

– The crown, normally covered by enamel, is on the top, visible part of your tooth.

– Dentin, containing microscopic tubules, is the part of the tooth beneath enamel. When dentin loses its protective covering (tooth enamel), the tubules allow heat, cold, acidic, or sticky foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth. This can cause sensitivity and possible infections.

– The neck is the area where the crown joins the root.

– The part of the tooth embedded in bone are the roots. The roots make up more than half of the tooth, holding it in place.

– Gums, also known as gingiva, are soft tissues covering the roots of your teeth. They protect teeth that have not yet erupted.

To make sure you’re smile is getting the best care, come in for a biannual checkup with our dental office in Palm Desert, California. Call Gregg Balis DDS at 760-610-0497 for a consultation and make an appointment to meet your dentist today!