The Complexity of Dental Enamel



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Dental enamel constitutes the least quantitative and rarest component of all tissues in the human body but is the most enduring and hardest constituent of ecto dermal cellular development. Dental enamel can be a harbinger of history, reflecting the environment during the time it was being formed. Enamel first appeared around 415 million years ago when the suite of genes that encode the proteins required to make enamel appeared in the scales of sarcopterygians.1 The vitreous nature of enamel provides its white lucent,
iridescent and gleaming appearance as a physically attractive feature of a human smile, but contrarily, it may provide a snarling repulsive warning of a sneer


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Sperber, G. (2022). The Complexity of Dental Enamel. South African Dental Journal, 77(08), 457–458. Retrieved from