Ahh, the wonderful tooth! Teeth serve many wonderful functions. They help us chew, pre-process, and enjoy the food we eat. They help us convey emotion when we smile. Healthy teeth also contribute to good dental health.
Also, it’s hard to deny the satisfaction of having white, bright teeth. But what is the structure of our teeth? What are some of the causes of tooth discoloration and yellowing? How can we restore a nice white shine to our teeth? Let’s explore the answers to these questions.
The Structure Of The Tooth
The human tooth is an amazingly designed biological tool. The tooth has two basic parts to it. The crown of the tooth is the outer, visible part of the tooth. The root of the tooth in not visible and serves to anchor the tooth to the jaw. The outermost part of the crown is the tooth enamel, which is also the hardest part of the tooth, and indeed is well known as the hardest of bones.
Inside the enamel is the dentine, which is not as hard as the enamel, and can become quite achy if the protective enamel around it becomes damaged. The pulp is the inner tissue of the tooth and contains blood vessels and nerves.
What Are Some Causes Of Tooth Discolouration And Yellowing?
There are quite a few things which can cause teeth to lose their luster. We all have to eat, and unfortunately many of the foods we eat can cause dental discoloration. Many beverages such as some teas, coffee, and sodas such as colas can do quite a number on your teeth.
Also, certain foods, including some fruits such as apples, can cause discoloration.
In addition to foods we eat, many other things which may enter the body through the mouth can do esthetic damage. These substances include things like cigarette smoke, chewing tobacco, and even certain medicines can cause a nice smile to lose some of its luster.
How Can We Whiten And Restore The Shine To Our Teeth?
There are many options for whitening the tooth, and you should use the one that works best for your specific circumstances. One popular method is to make a trip to your dentist for bleaching in the office. The procedure can be pricey, but it can usually be done in an hour or less, and the results are seen immediately.
Another option is to purchase tooth whitening gels or trays. They work pretty well, but the results will take a bit more time to become evident, ranging from a few days to a few weeks depending on the specific product. Teeth whitening strips have become quite popular lately, due to their relative affordability. They too can take a bit of time to show results.
Two other popular options include whitening toothpastes and whitening chewing gum. They work to some extent, but may be less effective than other methods.
Whichever method you choose to go with, living with less than white teeth is a condition that is no longer something you need to put up with. Long live modern science!