To help protect your teeth it s important to know the structure of a tooth and how it is affected by plaque, bacteria and other harmful substances. This will hopefully mean that you can taken better care of your teeth and have a better understanding of what you need to do to give your teeth the best chance of staying healthy and looking their best.
The outside of the tooth is covered by a hard substance called enamel. This acts as a protective barrier for the tooth, stopping damaging substances attacking the more sensitive parts of the tooth underneath. Under the enamel is the dentin, a substance made of hardened minerals, mostly calcium. This again encases the central parts of the tooth and constitutes most of the tooth’s body.
At the central part of the tooth is the pulp, which coats the dental nerve. This is the most sensitive and important part of the tooth and if this is exposed to the bacteria it can be both very damaging and painful.
The best way to look after your teeth is to make sure that they are protected at the very first stage. Brushing and flossing will remove the layer of plaque and bacteria that coat the teeth and release acid that breaks them down. By removing plaque you can prevent the first stage of tooth decay in the form of small dental cavities. Once the layer of enamel has been penetrated, the rest of the tooth will quickly come under attack and may even become infected. Not only will this be very unpleasant but it can also result in the destruction of the dental nerve and ultimately, the loss of the tooth. For more information about the structure of the tooth and how best to protect it, make an appointment to see your Weston-super-Mare dentist.