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There is so much more to your tooth than you can see. When you talk to Dr. Larry Hemby about any oral health concerns, it can be helpful to know some of the tooth’s inner workings. Your tooth’ is composed of three layers:

Enamel: The outermost layer of the tooth, which is white and made of carbonated crystals. It’s the hardest substance in or on your body, and it has to be, as it is attacked often. It needs your help to defend against bad bacteria and decay. You can help by brushing and flossing daily and avoiding acidic and sugary foods and beverages.

Dentin: The yellow, powdery substance under the enamel. If your teeth are yellow, this means that some of your dentin is beginning to show through the enamel due to erosion caused by plaque and acid.

Pulp: The liquid life force inside the tooth which contains all the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other soft tissue. This is a weak area that must be protected. If your pulp is contaminated, you will probably need a root canal.

If you have any other queries about a tooth’s anatomy or any other dental concerns and you reside in Southport, North Carolina, please feel free to call 910-457-5026 to speak to a member of the staff at Southport Dental.