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If you are taking a trip to the dentist shortly or would like to explain a tooth-related issue to someone, it helps to know the names for some of the parts of your mouth. Chalfont Dentistry in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, has compiled a short list of vocabulary for beginners. Even if you already know these words, you may discover in the description new pieces of information that will provide useful. So without further ado, here they are:

Crown: The visible part of the tooth, or all that which is below the gum line. This word is not to be confused with dental crowns, which are artificially created to cover and protect your teeth. The shape of the crown indicates a tooth’s function. For example, sharp incisors are used for tearing off bites of food, whereas molars are used for breaking down food into smaller pieces.

Gum line: This is the spot where the crown and the gums meet up. It’s imperative to take care of your gums so as to evade plaque which builds up 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 in your jawbone? The root of the tooth is like an anchor, keeping it in place.

We hope that these definitions help you articulate anything that you desire, whether it be concerns about your teeth with Dr. Sindhu Gundabathula or you are talking with a friend who is in dental school. If you have any other questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to phone 215-660-3636. We’re here to serve.