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How much do you know about your teeth?

Your teeth help bite and chew your food so that it is easier to digest. To bite your food, your incisors need around 35 to 50 pounds of pressure. Your molars can exert about 200 pounds to chew your food. That’s quite a bit of power.

The hardest material made by your body is on your teeth. It is called enamel and it is comprised of calcium and phosphorous. Enamel covers the part of the tooth that you can see, which is called the crown. Enamel is the perfect shield for protecting the teeth.

A tooth can have one to three roots, depending on its size and function The root is covered with cementum, which is not nearly as strong as enamel; and it is very vulnerable to decay if it is exposed by a receding gum line.

There are two types of tissues within the tooth itself: the dentin and the pulp. Dentin is second only to the enamel in terms of strength, and it protects the the pulp. The pulp keeps the tooth alive and contains the nerves and blood vessels. If the pulp becomes infected, it can endanger your tooth and cause problems for your jaw.

Our dentist, Dr. Brett Langston can tell you more about your teeth and the need for good oral health. Please contact Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta at (404) 321-4588 to make an appointment, or come by our office in Decatur, Georgia.