Dental Discussion: Q&A About Teeth

How much do you think you could tell us about your dental enamel? How much do you know about dentin? Are you certain about how many teeth you should have in your smile? While it’s entirely possible you could tell us quite a lot about preventive care, restorative treatments, and more, the smaller, essential details may continue to elude you at the moment. We’d like to address common questions we receive about the fundamentals of your smile to ensure you know everything from the little things to the big.

Questions and Answers

Question: I keep hearing that dental enamel is the strongest substance in my body. Is this true? And, if so, is it immune to damage?

Answer: It is, actually, the strongest material in your entire body. It’s even more durable than your bones. However, just like your bone tissue is not immune to damage, the same is true for your enamel. As a result, we encourage you to keep it nice and healthy.

Question: I have also heard that if my dental enamel is worn too thin, it can make my teeth look yellow because my yellow-hued dentin layer will show through. Is this all accurate or is it just a strange oral health rumor?

Answer: This is true! Your dentin is a yellow shade and all enamel is translucent, giving off a white appearance. So, when enamel is nice and thick, teeth have a natural white finish. When the enamel becomes thin, the yellow hue becomes much more apparent.

Question: A friend and I recently counted our teeth and came up with different numbers. How is this possible, since we are adults?

Answer: Perhaps you or your friend received dental extractions for orthodontic work when you were younger. Or, one of you might have fully developed wisdom teeth, while the other has impacted wisdom teeth (or third molars that never developed).

Learn More About Your Teeth During Visits

Ask us about your teeth during visits, so we may clear up any questions and assist you in enjoying easy-to-accomplish dental care. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.