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Your mouth health plays an important part in your overall body health. There is a new understanding among medical and dental professionals that body health is directly associated with oral health, and studies are underway to more fully comprehend the connections between them. This is why you should want to become educated on the basics of your mouth.

We’ve previously posted about your teeth. The names of which are: Incisors, canines, premolars, and molars. These do the chopping, cutting, grinding and chewing. But there is much more to know about the insides of these teeth and the surrounding tissue of your gums.

The place where the tooth is planted into the gums and jaw is called the gumline. This is the location where the tooth and gums meet, and a point where plaque builds up and can cause real problems. Once plaque has been left long enough to calcify and become tartar (only 48 hours), it becomes too hard to remove without the help of a professional cleaning. Without regular care, this can turn into gingivitis and gum disease.

The crown of the tooth is that part of the tooth that can be seen above the gumline. It is encased from tip to the gumline in a protecting cover called enamel, which ends at the root. Enamel is the hardest mineralized tissue of the body, but it can be damaged and eroded by decay if acids in the mouth are not brushed and washed away. The root takes up two-thirds of the tooth from the gumline through the gums to the root tip deep in the bone.

Inside the tooth itself, just underneath the enamel, is a layer called dentin. If decay makes its way through the enamel, it will attack the dentin and have access to the central soft tissue called pulp which contains the nerves of the tooth, causing discomfort.

If you’d like more education about the make up of your mouth and teeth, call Dr. Daniel Donoho and our helpful team at Donoho Dental Associates, PC . Phone: 623-977-8323, or come by our office in Sun City, Arizona.