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Your teeth are one of the first things people notice about you, and they can offer insights that affect how people view you. How much do you know about this indispensable part of your body? Our goal is to help you appreciate your teeth and the role they play in your overall health and well-being.

What do you know about your teeth?

–Your tooth enamel is actually the hardest material in your body, not your bones. They are comprised of 96% minerals, more than any other part of your body. This strength and durability allow them to do the vital job of breaking down your food which in turn nourishes your body and all of your organs.

— Your bite is so powerful because your teeth can exert 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down on something. Use this strength to chew your food though, and not as tools to open things. This means no using them to crack nut shells, as scissors to open packaging, or to crack seafood shells. Protect those pearly whites!

— Your teeth have given us much of our knowledge of human history, thanks to dental remains. Teeth can last hundreds of years, which is great for knowing our ancestors. But that only works if you have them; your goal is to take care of them to last a lifetime.

— Your teeth are durable, powerful, and strong, but not indomitable. Unlike other parts of the human body, they can’t repair themselves. This means if parts of them are damaged, your dentist will need to step in. Teeth can be fixed with dental fillings, crowns/caps, and dental veneers. Once they fall out though, they can be replaced with dentures or dental implants to allow you to speak and chew normally again.

Keep your teeth healthy and strong by brushing and flossing every day, along with routine dental visits to remove hardened plaque (plaque is your teeth’s kryptonite) and to catch and fix problems in the early stages. The result? Healthy, beautiful teeth that aren’t riddled with tooth decay.

Show your teeth the care they deserve, and they will last you a lifetime. If you would like to schedule a professional cleaning, please call our office in Charlotte, North Carolina, at 704-553-1627 . At Gorelik Dentistry, Dr. Julia Gorelik and our dental team are here for your health!