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Anatomy of a Tooth

Anatomy of a Tooth

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Enamel: the tough, shiny, white outer surface of the tooth

Dentin: the hard but porous tissue located under both the enamel and the cementum of the tooth. Dentin is harder than bone!

Pulp: the soft center of the tooth. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves; it nourishes the dentin

Crown: the visible part of the tooth

Gums: the soft tissue that surrounds the base of the teeth

Root: the anchor of a tooth that extends into the jawbone

Cementum: a layer of tough, yellowish, bone-like tissue that covers the root of a tooth. It helps hold the tooth in the socket

Now, when we mention enamel or dentin in blog posts, you’ll have a clear picture of what we’re talking about!

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