7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope

Published January 30, 2014
Updated February 27, 2024

6. Human Teeth Under a Microscope

Teeth look incredibly bizarre (and pretty disgusting) under the microscope. All human teeth are made up of four layers that include protective enamel, dentin (the bone-like substance under the enamel), the pulp and the cementum. Under a microscope, it’s easy to see where the enamel has deteriorated and been replaced with cavities and plaque. The picture below shows cavity-causing bacteria interacting with other microbes in the mouth and on the teeth.

Tooth with Cavity

Source: Feel Guide

7. Food Under a Microscope

Don’t lose your lunch! We’ve found pictures of everyday food and drinks that look completely alien once under a microscope. See if you can figure out which is which. We’ve zoomed in on strawberries, instant coffee and broccoli.

Kiri Picone
Kiri Picone holds a B.A. in English and creative writing from Pepperdine University and has been writing for various digital publishers for more than 10 years.
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Picone, Kiri. "7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope." AllThatsInteresting.com, January 30, 2014, https://allthatsinteresting.com/objects-under-a-microscope. Accessed May 29, 2024.