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5 Interesting Facts on How Your Teeth Work

According to a recent report by the American Academy of Periodontology, half of the people they surveyed consider a person’s smile as the initial feature they notice on first meeting. On the other hand, 80 percent of the respondents stated that they’re not perfectly satisfied and happy with their smile. The Pennsylvania Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Associates, headed by Dr. Michael T. Dachowski and Dr. Michael D. Sock, are committed to helping men and women in Meadowbrook, Doylestown and nearby residents achieve the perfect smile you rightfully deserve.

A better understanding of your teeth’s anatomy and function will surely improve the way you care for your teeth. We list down 10 interesting dental facts below!

1. On an average, a human being has a set of 32 permanent teeth. A set includes 8 incisors, 4 canines, 12 molars, 8 premolars and 4 wisdom teeth. Primary teeth, also known as baby, milk or deciduous teeth, are around 20 in number and one will start to lose them by 6 or 7 years old. By the time you’re 21, you already have your set of 32 permanent teeth.

2.  Enamel is the hardest portion of your teeth. Along with enamel, the pulp, cementum and dentin make up all 4 tissues of a tooth. The dental pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels which enter the tooth through a hole at the root apex.

3. Your incisors, the four front teeth in your upper and lower jaw, are used to chop and cut food. The ones situated on either side of your incisors are your canines which are used to primarily tear food. The premolars are next to your canines and are responsible in crushing and grinding food. Lastly, your molars work hand in hand with your tongue in swallowing food by mashing it up.

4. Before toothbrush and toothpaste were invented, people would clean their teeth through charcoal, lemon juice, and honey tobacco mixture. Fingers and twigs were often use to apply the aforementioned cleaning agents.

5. Your teeth are supposed to last a lifetime. However, more than 40 percent of people over 65 years old no longer have their teeth as a result of poor oral hygiene habits.

Dr. Michael T. Dachowski and Dr. Michael D. Sock take their jobs seriously. Their dynamic collaborative practice makes up the Pennsylvania Dental Implant & Oral Associates team who aims to improve the oral and aesthetic well-being of their clients through their superior skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

For more information on taking care of your teeth in Doylestown and nearby areas, you can visit our clinics at the Holy Redeemer Hospital and Heritage Gateway Building. Call us at 215.938.7860 or 267.247.5489 for an initial consultation. You can also opt to fill out this appointment request form. We look forward to your visit!

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- Philip O.

“I had 2 molars removed (17 & 18) and didn't feel a thing! Before I knew it, they were out! If I ever need oral surgery again there is no one else I will see. I would HIGHLY recommend him!”

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“I was extremely nervous about implant surgery. Thanks to Dr. Dachowski and his staff, my experience was definitely “two thumbs up”! I recommend this team very highly!.”

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