August 4, 2018
Did you know tooth enamel is the strongest material in your body? Even stronger than bone! However, that doesn’t mean that it’s indestructible. Having healthy enamel is a very important part of your oral health because it directly protects your teeth from decay. You must take extra good care of your enamel because if it’s destroyed, it will not regenerate. Read on below to learn from your trusted dentist how to keep your enamel healthy and what you can do if it breaks down.
What is Tooth Enamel?
As stated above, tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body. It covers the outer layers of your teeth so it’s the most visible part of your smile. This hard layer on the surface of your teeth plays an important part in protecting the softer and more sensitive inner tooth called dentin. That’s why it’s paramount to do what you can to prevent enamel erosion. It is your tooth’s first line of defense against harmful acids and bacteria that cause tooth decay.
How Do I Keep My Enamel Healthy?
Maintaining a good oral health routine is the best and easiest way to prevent enamel loss. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will ensure that any harmful substances don’t stay in contact with your enamel for too long. You can also use fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash to further protect your enamel from harmful substances throughout the day.
Additionally, visiting your dentist every 6 months for dental checkups will safeguard your teeth. A professional will be able to clean hard to reach areas of the mouth where harmful bacteria can live.
How Do I Know If I’m Losing Enamel?
Enamel loss can appear in various ways like discoloration or easily chipped or cracked teeth. You may also experience sensitivity when consuming really hot or cold foods and drinks. Talk to your dentist as soon as you see or feel any of these symptoms before the erosion becomes worse.
Can I Replace My Lost Enamel?
As we mentioned before, enamel cannot regenerate so try your best to protect it. However, if you have weakened enamel, it can be salvaged through a process called remineralization. This is where lost minerals in the enamel are replaced to make it strong again.
Products with fluoride and foods with calcium are a great help to the remineralization of your enamel. Fluoride will create a protective layer between your weakened enamel from sugars, starches, and acids. Eating foods high in calcium will help your weakened enamel get the minerals it needs.
Your tooth enamel is all you have for life, so take care of it. If you are experiencing any sensitivity or discoloration in this area, contact your trusted dentist as soon as possible.
About the Practice
Dr. Marco Caballeros and Dr. Carlos Parra pride themselves on providing compassionate care to their patients. Dr. Caballeros specializes in general, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry while Dr. Parra is a skilled periodontist. No matter what your needs are, they will provide expert care that delivers results. They currently practice at On Point Dentistry in Carrollton and can be contacted by phone at (972) 418-8461.
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