10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth
Many people think toothpaste, toothbrush, and oral care are modern time phenomenon. Did you know the ancient people were using toothpaste around 500 B.C?
Ancient Greeks were using the special mixture to clean the teeth that contained Iron rust and Coral powder. Tree twigs were used as the toothbrushes.
Dental care has evolved in its way since then. But there are few things about human teeth that a common man does not know. Knowing a little more about them can help you take better care, and keep you smiling long into the future.
1. Your teeth are like your fingerprint
They are uniquely yours. This is why dental records are used to identify in criminal investigations. Even identical twins do not have identical teeth.
Bonus fact: Your tongue also has a unique “tongue print.” Maybe the next iPhone might want you to lick its sensor to recognize you!
2. Your tooth structure is like an Iceberg
What appears to visibly is not only the part of a tooth. Your tooth has more its part under the gums. About a third of each tooth is underneath your gums. Hence gums health also plays a significant part in oral health. For a healthy tooth, it’s belonging parts also need to be healthy.
3. The hardest part of your body is the Enamel on your teeth!
The outermost layer of a tooth is called Enamel. It’s a hard layer and whose function is to protect the inner layers. The enamel is made of calcium and phosphate. As the bones of the human body, the enamel is stronger because of the certain proteins and crystallites that form it.
4. Sugar is your greatest enemy
By hearing enamel is the strongest part you may feel safe. But wait, though it has the hardcover on it still subjected to decay. Some time external force effect it can break or chip also. Soft drinks and Sugary foods are often the trouble makers to your teeth causing decay. So, it’s important to rethink your frequent consumptions.
Dr. Zita Antao Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “People often confuse about how much and how how often. In dental health often consuming sugary beverages are harmful over how much consume”.
5. Anything Yellow can indicate decay!
Dentin is the next layer of the tooth beneath the enamel. Yellow is the color of the dentin. With minerals and crystals enamel forms in white color. Some people naturally have yellower teeth because of thin enamel which makes the yellow dentin appear through. Too much yellowish may indicate the signs of a cavity.
6. Dentin grows but enamel does NOT
Dentin is the inner layer of the tooth that lies beneath the enamel, and it is also harder than your bones. Dentin is made up of small channels and passageways called tubules that transmit nerve signals and nutrition through the tooth. There are three types of dentin: primary, secondary, and reparative. While the enamel is primarily static in nature, dentin tends to grow and change throughout your life.
Dr. Peethi Nagarajan Dental Director at Sabka dentist says “People of every ages should care their teeth. Once decay forms it can not be recovered back as the original tooth. It ca be restored back with fillings”.
7. 300 types of bacteria reside in your mouth!
A healthy mouth contains millions of bacteria. There are 200-300 different bacterias reside in your mouth. But the culprit for poor health is ‘Streptococcus mutans’ it’s one kind of bacteria that converts sugar and other carbohydrates into the acids which eat away at your teeth.
8. The real enemy is Plaque!
Plaque is a sticky white substance that is constantly formed on the teeth. If you don’t remove it regularly by brushing and flossing, it will cause tooth decay. If you do not remove it, plaque hardens and advances into tartar. So, brushing and flossing at least twice daily with proper attention given each tooth is necessary. Another important thing is to visit the dentist So, visit Sabka Dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and scaling session.
9. You make 40,000 liters of spit
Your body produces about one liter of saliva every day, which comes out to about 40,000 liters over a lifetime. Saliva plays many important roles in your overall health. For example, it makes food easier to swallow and contains enzymes to help in digestion.
Dr. Manan Dhulia dental director at Sabka dentist says “When it comes to your teeth, saliva washes away food particles that may have stayed back after a meal. It has calcium and phosphate, which can neutralize the acids in plaque that cause damage and decay of your teeth.”
10. Bad Breath
Most people don’t know they have bad breath. Test your breath by scraping your tongue with floss or a tongue scraper and giving it a sniff. If your mouth is clean, you won’t have a telltale smell.
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- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth – Healthline
- 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth -Healthline
Dr. Priyanka graduated in 2008, obtaining her BDS degree from the faculty of dentistry at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Upon graduating, she was selected to complete a multi-disciplinary hospital residency at Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai. This residency provided her with advanced training in all the specialties of dentistry including oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, and treatment of medically compromised patients. Dr. Priyanka then moved to private practice, working as an associate dentist.
Dr. Priyanka has a diploma in Soft Tissue Lasers from IALD and fellowship in Implant & Esthetic Dentistry. She also holds numerous certifications in Advanced Implant Dentistry, Endodontics, and Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Priyanka completed MBA in Hospital Management and Clinical Research. Dr. Priyanka is a member of the Indian Dental Association and Dental Implantology Study Club, Pune. She has worked at Sabka Dentist since 2012 and is pleased to say that their advanced technology allows dentists to provide patients with painless, gentle dentistry and a pleasant experience. She enjoys the challenge of providing quality conservative family dentistry in a comfortable and friendly environment.