Archive for September, 2009

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a general term for any inflammation of the gingival (gum) tissue.   The primary cause of gingivitis is the build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth and especially around the gum tissue at the base of the teeth where the gum tissue and teeth meet.  The plaque and tartar secrete chemicals that […]

The Four Parts of a Tooth

As I talk to my patients and explain what is taking place in their mouths, many times I need to explain that the teeth have 4 basic parts.  They are the enamel, the dentin, the cementum, and the pulp tissue.  Each has its own unique structure and purpose. The enamel is the  hard, glistening tissue […]

Permanent Molars:Teething-Round 2?

Mosby’s Dental Dictionary limits the definition of teething to the eruption of the primary, or baby teeth.  My personal feeling is that the definition should include any tooth erupting into a previously unoccupied space in the mouth.  This definition would then include all of the permanent molars.  The permanent molars erupt about every 6 years.  […]