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A Guide to Understanding Your Teeth

We can tell you to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and schedule your routine dental cleanings. But, it’s important to understand why you need to take care of your teeth.

Learn more about your teeth, and why you should take proper care of them. If you have any concerns about your teeth or need to schedule your routine maintenance, schedule an appointment at Glacier Creek Dental in Fort Collins today!

Understanding Your Teeth

While most children have 20 primary teeth, adults have a total of 32 teeth. But once you have your adult teeth, you want to make sure to take care of the teeth you have. Unlike other parts of the body, teeth are unable to repair or regrow after damage. But with different dental services, we’re able to repair or replace damaged teeth, leaving you with a strong set of teeth!

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Parts of Your Teeth

Your teeth are made up of different layers. The outside of your tooth, called the enamel, is the hard part that protects your teeth. Underneath that is a layer called the dentin, a hard tissue. Damage to this layer causes sensitivity or pain. Further down you have the pulp cavity, which is a softer layer where blood and nerves run through.

But what keeps your teeth in your mouth? Connective tissues called cementum bind the roots of your teeth to the gum and jaw bone. Another tissue, the periodontal ligament, helps hold your teeth against your jaw.

You’ll notice that dental problems start to occur when one or more parts of the tooth become damaged.

Types of Teeth

Teeth are divided into four categories: molars, premolders, incisors, and canines. The 12 molars located in the back of the mouth help you chew and grind food. Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that emerge at the back of your mouth but can be removed before they damage your existing teeth.

In front of your molars are your eight premolars, which are slightly less strong than molars. These teeth have a flat surface to help rip food apart and help the molars.

The eight incisors are the frontmost teeth. These teeth are designed to help with biting and gripping food while you chew. Flanking the incisors are the four canines, which are the sharpest teeth in your mouth. These teeth help chew and bite meat, which is why you’ll notice that other meat-eating animals also have canines.

Evaluating Your Teeth

Since you have over 32 teeth, we’ve prescribed a number to each tooth. During a routine cleaning or checkup, our dental team will take a look at each tooth to monitor their health. This allows us to keep track of any teeth that are at risk for developing a cavity or other dental problems.

Schedule Family Dentistry Services

We hope you learned a little something about how your teeth work. Make sure you take proper care of your teeth with everything from routine cleanings to cosmetic dentistry and other dental treatments. Give you teeth the support and care they deserve with Glacier Creek Dental in Fort Collins!

While you’re here, take a look at some of our previous blogs to learn more about our dental services and the importance or oral health: