Cells are the basic unit of life found in all living organisms. A cell is the smallest unit of life.
- Cells differentiate into specialized cell types to form teeth
- Ameloblasts are the types of cells that form enamel
- Odontoblasts are the types of cells that form dentin
•Teeth are made up of 3 main layers : Enamel, Dentin, and Pulp •Blood vessels and nerve are found in the PULP
•The meaning of pulp : soft, shapeless mass of material
Our tooth connects to the remainder of our circulation through the pulp.
- The blood vessels and nerves found in the pulp are connected to our blood system (circulatory system)
- Any bacteria found in the tooth pulp can reach other blood vessels in our head and neck area
A tooth infection means there is bacteria that is affecting the pulp and/or the gums. It can look like a pimple inside the mouth. But sometimes, it shows outside the mouth (under the chin or there is a swollen cheek).
- We have fighter cells when there is an infection :
- Fighter cells are white blood cells that kill bacteria. The first line of white blood cells (fighter cells) are called Neutrophils.
- When these fighter cells die and mix with bacteria, that is when we find pus. Pus is a mixture of dead white blood cells and bacteria.