How important are your teeth? Very! They help us chew our food, speak properly, and give us a friendly smile! When you look at your smile in the mirror you only see part of your teeth.
A tooth is basically made up of two parts: the crown and the root. The part that sits above the gum line is called the crown. The root part, which is about 2/3rds of the tooth’s length, is below the gum line. The enamel is the white covering of the tooth that protects it from the wear and tear of chewing. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even harder than your bones.
People get two sets of teeth in their lifetime. Around six months of age a baby will get its first tooth. New ones will keep popping through their gums until they have 20 baby teeth in all. At about six years of age those same teeth will start to fall out and permanent teeth will take their place. Adults have 32 permanent teeth.
Losing a baby tooth is an exciting event for children. In America when children lose a baby tooth they leave it for the tooth fairy to collect it and exchange it for money. Other countries have different customs regarding the loss of a baby tooth. That lost tooth may be thrown in the fire, buried in the ground or even collected by a rat or mouse.
Did you know that the most common childhood disease is tooth decay? To keep your beautiful smile and keep your teeth healthy all your life it is important to take care of them, and that is easy to do Just remember to brush your teeth morning and evening, and floss once a day. Visit the dentist twice a year for a check-up and a cleaning. Eat healthy foods and avoid sugary foods and drinks.