Coloured SEM of human tooth enamel

Coloured SEM of human tooth enamel

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Caption: Enamel. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of human tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard- est, most durable substance in the human body. It consists of a translucent calcium-rich material (mostly calcium phosphate and calcium carbonate) that covers the crown of the tooth. Under the electron microscope the calcium deposits appear in highly regular rows. Enamel can deteriorate over a period of time if bacteria are allowed to build up on teeth in plaque. These decay-causing bacteria ferment the remains of food left on the teeth, producing acids that dissolve the minerals in enamel. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anatomy, enamel, human body, teeth, tooth

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