Hard projections in the mouths of vertebrates used mainly to mechanically digest food. Teeth can also be used for the purposes of defense or obtaining meals, especially in the case of hunting.

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What is the biochemical pathway of fluoride?

Fluoride is a common active ingredient in tooth paste to prevent dental caries. It is also added or removed from the water supply in some communities for the same reason, but in children only. My ...
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What limits our ability to grow enamel rods?

From what I've understood from what I've read (which might be wrong), enamel rods extend away from the dentin in our teeth. As young people grow, the rods are thickened. What are the technical ...
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Why do rodents' teeth continue to grow?

Why do rodents' teeth continue to grow? Enamel formation and/or root formation continue throughout rodents' lives. What's the mechanism that causes this?
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Why don't teeth glow?

Hydroxyapatite is the main component of tooth enamel. It contains phosphorus in the form of phosphates, pyrophosphates etc. that are found to exhibit the the property of phosphorescence. But why don't ...
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Why do fresh cavities form from the margins of sliver amalgam fillings on teeth?

Silver amalgam fillings predominantly contain silver a known bactericidal agent and mercury which a known toxin and has bactericidal property. So how is it that the plaque bacteria survive near the ...
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What is an explanation of the dual role of calcium hydroxide in teeth?

Calcium hydroxide induces dentine formation in permanent teeth, while it causes resorption of tooth in deciduous teeth. How is this dual role explained?
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Why does it hurt when you take sweets, if you have cavities in your teeth?

When you have cavities in your teeth taking any sweetend drinks or food causes sensitivity or pain. What could be the reason?
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What is the evolutionary reason behind the fragility of teeth?

Almost all organs in the human body have a rather large threshold within which the organ or tissue is capable of repairing itself using materials supplied by the body, whether it's made from organic ...
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Do teeth have the capacity to heal?

Could a cavity in a human tooth "heal over" or possibly fill back in?
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What happens to the holes in the skull where teeth were developing?

In Skeptics.SE, a question regarding the skulls of children arose. Depicting a scary skull where the permenent teeth are "hidden" inside the jaws and the milk teeth are in the their place. After all ...
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Why do animal teeth get darker if exposed?

I was wondering why the teeth of cats (And dogs, as far as I know, plus possibly some other animals or even humans) get darker if they are exposed to air / light? Example: (See the lower end of ...