Do you know your teeth? Your teeth give your face its shape and add to the way you look. Not only do healthy teeth help you look good, they contribute to total body health and well-being. The shape of the arch inside of your mouth helps you talk. Many letters of the alphabet can’t be sounded without the help of teeth. Yes, your teeth do more than chew your food!
Pulp: Contains nerves and blood vessels that feed the tooth.
Dentin: Part of tooth that is under enamel and cementum. It consists of microscopic channels, called dentinal tubules, which radiate toward the cementum and enamel border. These tubules contain fluid which can increase the sensation of pain (like cold sensitivity) and the rate of tooth decay.
Cementum: Hard tissue covering the root of the tooth, it is attached to the bone by little elastic fibers called the periodontal ligament.
Periodontal Ligament: Fibers that attach tooth to bone. These fibers help soften compression during chewing.