2It’s time to brush up on dental health. Topics What You Will LearnWhy Our Teeth Are Important Types and Purposes of Teeth Parts of a Tooth Tooth Care Tooth Decay SummaryIt’s time to brush up on dental health.Are you ready?
3Learning Outcomes You will... learn why caring for your teeth is importantbe able to name and describe the different types of teethbe able to name and describe the different parts of each toothlearn the proper way to brush and flossbe able to describe how to keep your smile healthy and brightname and describe foods that are good for your teeth and those that cause tooth decay
4Why Our Teeth Are Important Right now, you have 20 baby teeth. By the time you are about 18 years old,you will have 32 adult teeth. Eventually, you will lose your baby teeth. They will be replaced by your adult teeth. Your adult teeth will be permanent. You will not get another set. So, you must take very good care of your teeth.
5Adults have 4 different types of teeth. IncisorsCaninesBicuspidsMolars
6Incisors “cutting teeth” Incisors are the flat, sharp teeth in the front of your mouth. They are used to cut food.You have 8 incisors.
7Canines “tearing teeth” Canines are the sharp teeth at the corners of your smile. They are used to rip and tear food.You have 4 canines.
8Bicuspids “grinding teeth” Bicuspids are the lumpy teeth between your canines and your molars. They are used to grind food.You have 8 bicuspids.
9Molars “chewing teeth” Molars are the broad, lumpy teeth in the back of your mouth. Molars are used to chew food.You have 12 molars.
10The Tooth Truth Did you know each tooth actually has different parts? Let’s take a closer look at a tooth and the surrounding area.
11CrownThe crown is the white part of a tooth you see when you look into someone’s mouth.
13PulpThe pulp is the innnermost layer of a tooth. It contains nerves that feel pain, and blood vessels that carry food to the tooth.
14DentinThe dentin is the yellow substance that surrounds the pulp. It is harder than bone and makes up most of the tooth.
15EnamelEnamel is the hard covering on a tooth. It is the hardest tissue in the body and protects a tooth during chewing.
16CementumThe cementum is about as hard as bone. It surrounds the dentin in the root of the tooth. The cementum and enamel usually meet where the root and crown join.
17GumThe gum is the soft, pink tissue that surrounds and protects the root of a tooth.
18Caring for Your TeethCaring for your teeth is very important. Each person gets one set of baby teeth. They will be replaced by one set of adult (or permanent) teeth. Your adult teeth must last the rest of your life. To make sure they do so, you must take good care of them. Here are a few things you can do.
19BrushingWe should brush our teeth after every meal. But, sometimes that’s difficult. So, you should remember to brush at least twice a day.Brushing helps remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky coating on your teeth that is caused by bacteria and food particles. If left on your teeth, it can cause cavities.
20Tips for Proper Brushing Use a brush with soft bristles. Using gentle strokes, make your brush move in small circles over the outside of each tooth. Remember to do the back of each tooth, also. Now, brush the lumpy surface of your teeth. Be sure to remove any food that may be stuck in the grooves.
21Flossing Flossing helps to remove food and plaque from between teeth - areas that your brush cannot reach. You should floss at least once a day.
22Visiting the DentistA dentist is a person who helps us take care of our teeth. You should visit the dentist at least two times a year for check-ups.Dentists can help us prevent cavities. They can also fix any cavities we may already have. They use special tools to care for our teeth.
23Eating Healthy Eating “tooth friendly” foods can also help keep your teeth in great shape! Milk and foods made from milk make your teeth strong. They are rich in calcium. Fruits and vegetables are also healthy for your teeth.
24Foods That Are NOT “Tooth Friendly” Some foods are not “tooth friendly”. These foods contain a lot of sugar. Sugary foods cause plaque to build up on your teeth. This plaque can cause cavities. You should avoid foods that have a lot of sugar and foods that stick to your teeth.
25More TipsIn addition to the tooth care tips you just learned, here are a few more things you can do to care for your teeth! Fluoride - Use a fluoride rinse or toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps keep the outside of teeth strong.Mouthguards - Wear a mouthguard while playing sports.
26Tooth DecayIf we do not care properly for our teeth, we may get cavities. Cavities are holes in teeth caused by plaque. Often, cavities are very painful.To fix a cavity, your dentist will drill out the bad part of the tooth and fill the hole with a filling. It may be white or silver in color.
27If you follow the tips above, you’ll surely keep all four types SummarySince you only get one set of permanent teeth, you need to be prepared to take good care of them.That means you need to… Brush at least twice a day Floss at least once a day Visit the dentist at least 2 times a year Eat “tooth friendly” foodsIf you follow the tips above, you’ll surely keep all four types(incisors, canines, bicuspids, molars) of teeth and all their parts healthy and bright!