Eating provides one of life’s greatest pleasures, but most people probably don’t think about their teeth when they are bite into a crisp apple or enjoy buttered corn on the cob. Yet teeth are quite amazing, providing a lifetime of use for the vast array of food in the human diet. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has compiled a brief list of what makes human teeth so special. Dr. Saltzman understands that educating his Triangle area patients helps them maintain dental health for a lifetime.
These four features of human teeth demonstrate why they are so remarkable:
- Unique as a fingerprint: They may look alike, but each tooth has its own profile, curves and indentations. Just as fingerprints are unique to each person, no two people have identical sets of teeth.
- Remarkable biting force: According to the American Dental Association, humans can bite with 200 pounds of force. However, this doesn’t mean teeth are eternal. Chewing on hard food items, such as ice, can crack enamel or even break teeth.
- Strength of enamel: Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, harder even than bone. Made mostly of calcium phosphate, enamel covers the visible part of a tooth and is the main defense against decay. Brushing, flossing and fluoride all help strengthen tooth enamel.
- Durable and nearly indestructible: Ancient Egyptian mummies show that bones and teeth can remain intact thousands of years after death. Still, cavities and gum disease threaten dental health so it is important to practice good dental hygiene and keep regular cleaning appointments.
Patients of all ages in the Triangle rely on Dr. Saltzman and his expert staff to keep their teeth healthy, give them beautiful smiles and prevent serious dental problems. Call our office in Cary today, only minutes from most anywhere in Southwest Wake County, to schedule an exam and find out how amazing teeth can be when they are bright and healthy.
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919 380 9311
202 Town Village Drive
Cary, NC 27513
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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.