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    Learning about the Parts of a Tooth

    On average, most adults have 32 teeth. That includes the molars, premolars, canines, wisdom teeth, and incisors. Every part of your tooth plays a role in keeping your mouth healthy. Let’s dive into the different parts of a tooth to better understand how cavities form and why it’s so important to keep up with proper dental hygiene habits. 

    What are the parts of a tooth?

    Crown: The crown is the top part of the tooth, above the gum line, that is visible to the eye. It has three layers within it: enamel, dentin and the pulp.

    Enamel: The enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that helps to protect it from bad bacteria. It’s important to keep your enamel strong because it can help prevent cavities. Fun fact: it is the hardest substance in the human body!

    Dentin: This is the layer underneath the enamel. Though not as strong, it takes up the majority of the tooth. When enamel is weakened, it can expose the dentin, therefore making you more susceptible to cavities. 

    Pulp: The pulp is the very center of the tooth. This is where the nerves, blood vessels, and tissue can be found. 

    Root: The root, which is covered in a substance called cenetum, anchors the tooth into the bone. The center most part of it is called the root canal. 

    Taking good care of your teeth and keeping your enamel strong can help protect your smile against things like cavities. Be sure to stay on top of your routine dental cleanings! Schedule an appointment to come see us today.