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Have you heard that teeth contain two basic parts: the visible crown and the root? The crowns of pearly whites support you to grind food for digestion, and the roots anchor the pearly whites firmly in your oral cavity. Each tooth in your mouth is made of several different layers of oral tissue, including enamel, dentin and cementum tissues.

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

Dentin: Dentin is a calcified tissue layer that looks like bone, but because it’s not as tough as the enamel tissue, it suffers from higher decay rates once the enamel layer of the tooth has been pierced.

Cementum: Cementum tissue is like a special glue for your pearly whites. Cementum attaches the root of your tooth to bone, keeping your tooth firmly seated. Cementum is regularly covered by the gums, so it’s imperative to take awesome care of your gums if you want this cement layer of your chompers to stay integral — and if you want to keep your pearly whites in your mouth!

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

Pearly whites are incredible. If you’d like to retain yours, please give Dr. Jayson C. Haws and the team at Haws Family Dentistry in Brigham City, Utah, a call now at 435-734-9144 to schedule your next appointment.