August 17, 2018
How Your Teeth Can Stand Up Under The Pressure
Your bite exerts tremendous pressure. Your bite force may be as much as 168 pounds at your second molar, and the total bite pressure is about 5600 pounds per square inch. When you add this up over the many millions of bites you will take during your tooth’s life (not to mention grinding from bruxism), it’s remarkable that our teeth are able to withstand the pressure, especially considering that tooth enamel is strong, but as brittle as glass.