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Check Out Some Tidbits About Your Teeth

Oral health highly impacts your overall health. Therefore, it’s wise to pay careful attention to your teeth and gums. Well, teeth help you to bite and chew. So until and unless your tooth is troubling you, you usually put them in the back seat. 

But there is so much more to know about your pearly whites. Check them out!

  1. A tooth can develop slowly backward or also upside down. Few factors such as crowding or when baby teeth don’t fall out on time can result in adult teeth shifting in the bone.
  2. Your tooth can be attacked by a cavity even when it’s still below your gum. When bacteria reach below the gums in the periodontal pocket, it can spread and affect adult teeth that still haven’t erupted.
  3. Most people are unaware that they have bad breath. Check your breath by scraping your tongue with floss or a tongue scraper and then give it a sniff. If your mouth is clean, you won’t have any foul smell. Bad breath usually occurs from dry mouth or food particles stuck between your teeth or from certain medications.
  4. Do you know that your tooth is similar to an iceberg? Only about 1/3 of your tooth’s entire size is visible above the gum.
  5. In America, adult teeth are numbered 1-32, beginning on the top right. If you calculate across the top are numerals 1-16, coming to the back lower left with tooth number 17, and completing on the bottom right with tooth numeral 32.
  6. On the other hand, baby-teeth are lettered A-T. They are counted in a similar method, though, beginning on the upper right and following across and down, with tooth T as the back, right tooth.
  7. Antidepressants may lead to tooth enamel problems.
  8. On the contrary to bones, our teeth are one of the only things that our bodies are unable to heal.
  9. The medical term for our baby teeth, ‘deciduous’, is derived from the Latin word “decidere,” which implies to fall off or be shed (just as leaves from a deciduous tree)
  10.  Stay away from diet sodas or citrus drinks as they aren’t healthy at all for your teeth! Even though being marketed as one of the magical solutions for your waistline, diet drinks do have the same acids in them that can wear away your tooth enamel with time. And sugar can cause cavities.
  11. Swimming in overly chlorinated pools can erode the tooth enamel in frequent swimmers.
  12.  Few people have baby teeth that do not fall out. These teeth are termed retained baby teeth and they can be a result of the lack of permanent teeth to replace them.
  13.  Less than 200,000 Americans have an ankylosed tooth. It denotes that the root of a tooth is permanently attached to the jaw since it no longer has the protective periodontal ligament around it. One suspected cause for this is major dental trauma.

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Now if you’re in the search of a ‘Dentist near me’ in Cedar Park, TX, then surely call us at Town Center Dental. Your Dentist in Cedar Park can provide you the best dental care. Remember that a little bit of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.