All About Our Teeth
When someone looks at you, one of the first things they notice is your smile. If you smile with tightly clenched lips — in an ability to hide your teeth — the person may decide that you aren’t very friendly. Learning more about your teeth and how to care for them enables you to make the most of your smile and to make a stunning first impression!
How Teeth Grow
When you are young, you only have 20 teeth, and these are called baby teeth, or deciduous teeth. They start falling out at about the age of 5 in order to make room for your permanent teeth — there will be 32 of them — and these are intended to last you a lifetime. Your teeth are the hardest substance in your body, even tougher than your bones. They are covered with enamel which is comprised mostly of calcium phosphate. This mineral is as hard as rock. Underneath the enamel is dentin, pulp and the connective tissues that adhere your teeth to your gums and jaw.
Taking Care of Your Teeth
When you are growing to an adolescent, your permanent teeth will arrive. It is vital that you follow a well-balanced diet so that your teeth will be strong and healthy. Foods containing plenty of calcium and phosphorus help to remineralize your teeth. This helps repair the enamel that acidic foods and drinks can remove. Some of the foods that have a lot of calcium and phosphorus include cheese, nuts, milk and meat.
Some of the best ways to protect your teeth are to brush them twice every day, floss daily, and visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup.
Benefits of Regular Visits to the Dentist
During the checkup, the dentist will check for cavities, gum disease and other problems that can occur with your teeth. The dental hygienist will clean your teeth, polish and floss them. This cleaning removes the plaque and tartar that can cause cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis or other dental issues. During the checkup, the dentist will also X-ray your teeth to make sure that there aren’t any hidden problems lurking beneath the gum line. He or she will check to make sure that your teeth line up correctly and that there is no evidence of teeth grinding or other issues.
Finally, the dentist will talk to you about any concerns you may have, such as yellow or sensitive teeth and even bad breath. Your dentist is a wonderful advocate to have, and he or she can help you protect your beautiful smile and teeth so that they last a lifetime.