Teeth may look like lifeless hard tissue from the outside. But as Dr. Bill Dorfman at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry can assure you, they are really natural wonders; a matrix of specialized tissues.
To put it another way, your teeth are alive – and they are meant to last a lifetime. That’s why we stress dental health and preventative dentistry. Here are somethings about teeth you may not have known:
- Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
- A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
- Your gum tissue is as essential as your teeth.
- Some prescription medications can increase your risk of tooth decay.
- Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
- 19 percent of young people between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated cavities.
- Heartburn can be bad for your teeth.
- Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
- Dried fruit is just as harmful for teeth as sticky candy.
- Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
- A Harvard-led team used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells, and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
- There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
- Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
- Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
- Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.
At Bill Dorfman DDS Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, we want each of our patients to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. We provide general and family dentistry, and a full menu of cosmetic dental services, such as teeth whitening. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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