The hardest substance in the human body is the tooth enamel. That being the case, the teeth should be immune from damage and wear and tear. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Teeth are also subject to a great deal of use (and misuse!). Some species of sharks can run through 30,000 teeth in a lifetime. Humans are not so lucky and have 32 adult teeth where no natural replacement is available if they become worn out or damaged.
This is not a problem limited to just a few people–almost 100% of the adult population of the planet suffers from dental cavities. The figure, globally, for school going children is between 60 to 90%. Severe gum diseases affects almost 20% of the human race and 20 to 40% of children suffer from dental trauma due to injuries and accidents. These figures exist despite the great strides that have been made in dental care and technology over the years.
Pain and more pain
The first sign of a dental problem is usually pain. This can range from a mere irritating pacontinue reading →