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Were you aware that teeth contain two basic parts: the visible crown and the underlying root? The crowns of pearly whites aid you to cut up and grind food for digestion, and the roots place the pearly whites firmly in position in your oral cavity. Each tooth in your mouth is comprised of several layers of dental tissue, including enamel, dentin and cementum tissues.

Enamel: Enamel is the outermost, visible surface substance covering the crown. This layer is very tough so that it can guard the tissues inside of the tooth, but if you don’t brush and floss regularly, acids in plaque can erode away at this layer of the tooth.

Dentin: Dentin is a tissue layer that appears like bone, but since it’s not as hard as the enamel tissue, it suffers from higher wear down rates once the enamel layer has been breached.

Cementum: Cementum tissue is like a special paste for your teeth. Cementum attaches the root of your tooth to bone, keeping your tooth firmly in place. Cementum is usually covered by the gums, so it’s important to take great care of your gums if you want this paste layer of your chompers to remain undamaged — and if you want to keep your chompers in your oral cavity!

Pulp: The nerve-filled, vessel-filled soft-tissue center of your chompers is referred to as the pulp. This layer is sensitive, so it’s imperative that you retain the strength of the above layers to keep your teeth free from discomfort and decay.

Chompers are incredible. If you’d like to retain yours, please give Dr. Shiva Hogugi and the team at Shiva Hogugi, DDS in West Bloomfield, Michigan, a call now at 248-669-5110 to pencil in your next checkup.