The American Dental Association estimates more than 90 percent of the population has some type of dental disease that takes on the form of mild tooth decay to complete tooth loss and bone destruction in the jaw.
With so many of us suffering from dental problems we should be use to seeing a dentist but we’re not. The American Dental Association said 50 million people fear the dentist. Another 40 million Americans won’t go to a dentist because of that overwhelming fear.
Your teeth are hard calcified structures that attach to the upper and lower jaw. The primary function of your teeth is chewing food. Your teeth are directly involved in speech, bracing other teeth and making certain sounds. The human tooth consists of an external portion, called the crown and a root that is embedded within the jaw. The outer layer of the crown is composed of calcified tissue known as enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body.
Inside the enamel is the dentin, which is a bone like substance extending from the inner surface of the enamel into the jaw to form the root. Covering the dentin of the root is a thin layer of a hard tissue called cementum. The roots are held in place by elastic fibers that make up the periodontal membrane, which extends from the cementum to a thickened layer of bone.
One of the best things we can do for our teeth is to brush them regularly. Brushing helps to remove plaque and germs that cause the plaque. Some doctors recommend a soft brush and others have said the key is a hard brush. All doctors agree brushing should be regular.
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