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If you are taking a trip to the dentist or want to share a tooth-related issue with someone, it helps to know the names for the outer parts of your pearly whites. That’s why Smiles by Design Dental Care in Apple Valley, Minnesota, has provided a short directory of vocabulary for beginners. Even if you already are familiar with these words, you may notice in the portrayal new pieces of information that may be helpful to you.

Crown: The observable part of the tooth, or all that which is above the gum line. Let it be noted that this definition is not the same as those dental crowns which are artificially created to cover and protect your teeth. It also helps to know that the shape of your tooth’s natural crown indicates its purpose. For example, sharp incisors are used for tearing off bite-sized portions of food, whereas molars are used for grinding food into smaller pieces.

Gum line: The gum line is where the crown and the gums meet up. It’s crucial to take care of your gums so as to evade plaque which assembles along the gum line. If you fail to do so, you may develop gum disease.

Root: Did you know that two-thirds of your tooth is hidden within the gums and jawbone? The root of the tooth is its anchor, keeping it in place.

We hope that these definitions help you express anything you desire, whether it be any concerns you have about your teeth with Dr. Fred Hermanson or whether you are discussing something with a friend who is in dental school, or for any other reason. If you have any other questions about anything at all, please feel free to phone 952-432-9155. We’re here to serve.