“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ― Albert Einstein
Before getting started, here's a short summary of the common terms that will come up repeatedly in the guide. If you already know this stuff, skip ahead. If you don't, stick around. As every smart engineer knows, you must first understand the problem before you can come up with a solution.
Acting as the thin outer covering of the tooth, enamel protects your teeth from harmful bacteria and erosion.
This is the hard, dense, and bony tissue that forms the bulk of a tooth beneath the enamel.
The pulp cavity contains the connective tissue that connects the blood vessels and nerve tissues to the tooth. This tissue is called the "pulp".
This part of the tooth is the tissue of both the pulp cavity and the toot canal combined.
Over millenniums of evolution, your teeth slowly morphed into near-perfect chewing and biting machines. But, they are not without their flaws. Down below are some, but not all, of the obstacles in the way of your perfect smile. Know them well because they will hide from you behind every corner—literally.
Plaque is a bacteria-filed sticky film that contributes to gum disease and tooth decay, so remember that plaque = bad.
When plaque is left too long it solidifies onto your teeth as tartar. This hardened plaque contributes to tooth decay and can create problems if left unchecked. Again, tartar = bad.
Cavities are basically tiny holes in your teeth, a problem more common than you might think . They can cause complications so, like plaque and tartar, cavities = bad.
An early form of gum disease, gingivitis is something to avoid at all costs. Untreated gingivitis can lead to tooth loss and decay, both of which can be prevented by the proper oral hygiene explained in the guide.
Knowing the information above just made you more knowledgeable about dental hygiene than most of the general public. Knowing more leads to better understanding. And a better understanding leads to better decisions.
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