Tooth enamel is an impressive part of your body. It is the hardest substance of your body, and it is highly-mineralized.
It covers the outer portion of each tooth, and unfortunately once it is gone, it is gone for good. For that reason, it is important that you take care to protect it.
Prevention and Protection
The main role of the enamel is to protect your teeth. It does so by preventing bacteria from accessing the inner workings of your teeth before they can cause cavities and decay. The enamel also protects against daily wear and tear from activities like grinding, biting, and chewing.
Unfortunately, the enamel can't do it is job on its own. You need to help it by brushing and flossing regularly, visiting the dentist, and generally caring for your teeth. If you don't, acids can begin to wear down the enamel of the teeth leading to a condition known as enamel erosion. Some of the most common causes include:
Excessive soda consumption
High sugar diets.
Once the enamel is worn away, your body will not make more to replace it. Unlike the bones and other parts of your body, the enamel doesn't contain living cells, so regeneration isn't a possibility.
Keeping Your Enamel Safe
The easiest way to protect your enamel is to avoid foods and drinks that can cause damage. Highly acidic and sugary foods should be avoided, as should very hard items like ice cubes and hard candies.
Likewise, you should never use your teeth as tools and should take care to avoid chewing on non-food items, like pencils, pens, or your fingernails.
The enamel is a vital substance to the health of your mouth, so you need to take care to protect it properly. Call us today to set up your next appointment and to learn more.
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