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15 Feb 2019
By Tacoma

5 Reasons to Protect Your Tooth Enamel and Prevent Permanent Loss of The Important Body Tissue

We all want to preserve the gifts we naturally have, and our smile with 32 pearls is no exception.

Our teeth are made of up various layers known as the enamel, dentin and pulp. Human teeth are subjected to numerous pressures and forces throughout the day. These mainly occur while chewing, biting on hard food, and having sweets, cold or hot food. The enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth, which shields the tooth from the external environment. For the wellness of your teeth, it is essential to preserve it.

Here are some important facts and functions of the tooth enamel

  • Enamel cannot regrow

The tooth enamel is made during the early phase of life, while we are still embryos. Once the enamel is formed during these stages, it cannot be regrown. This is mainly because enamel does not possess active or living cells. Thus, utmost care should be taken to preserve the enamel.

  • Acts as a protective shield

The enamel forms a jacket around the more delicate parts of tooth, which are known as  dentin and pulp. It protects the tooth against heat, cold, external forces and thermal shocks.  Enamel is stronger than your bones and can help the tooth withstand all biting pressures, without getting chipped.

  • Fights tooth sensitivity

Dentin is a part of tooth that has abundant nerve supply and is very sensitive to hot or cold food items. Enamel, however, lacks sensation and protects the more sensitive dentin. Healthy enamel will make teeth less vulnerable to tooth sensitivity.

  • Fights acids

Acid found in food and drinks is the leading cause of damage to tooth enamel. Many acidic food and drinks make up our everyday diet, like fruits, fruit juices, coffee and wine. Acid is also produced as  digestive juices, which are secreted in the mouth when we chew food. These can weaken tooth enamel over time through  a process called acid erosion. Erosion of tooth enamel is common in at least one in three adults. It is in your best interest to protect your tooth enamel from erosion.

  • Keeps teeth white

Enamel, is the reason our teeth look pearly white. If the enamel wears off or gets chipped, the inner layer of dentin will become partially or completely visible, making your teeth look yellowish in colour. So, enamel is necessary to keep your smile sparkly white.

In order to preserve your tooth enamel, you should be well aware of the tooth protectors and the damagers.

Tooth damagers

  • Sodas and acidic drinks

Keep the intake of acidic drinks like sodas, citrus fruits and juices as low as possible. You can also opt for low acid orange juices.

  • Too many sweets. 

Bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, and they make acid that can eat away at enamel. It is even more damaging when teeth are not cleaned regularly.

  • Sour foods 

Sour foods contain plenty of acids, so  it is best to avoid them. This will keep enamel erosion or wear at bay.

  • Dry mouth

Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by washing away bacteria and leftover food in your mouth. It also dilutes acids to an acceptable level.

Tooth protectors

As tooth enamel is irreplaceable, it is best to preserve it. Here are some ways you can protect it…

  • When you are having acidic drinks make sure you have them with meals. This will reduce the frequency of acid exposure.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water right after you eat or drink something acidic.
  • Make sure you use a straw for fruit juices or sodas, without swishing them in the mouth. This will help the acid bypass the tooth enamel.
  • Go for sugar free gums. This will lower the amount of acid in your mouth.
  • If you  have a dry mouth, make sure  to consume plenty of water during the day.
  • Try to finish your meals with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese. This will counteract the effect of acids.
  • Use toothpastes and mouthwash  containing fluoride. This will maintain a positive mineral balance in your  tooth enamel.
  • Opt for a soft bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard one.
  • Receive treatment for  your gastric disorders.
  • Lastly, get a regular dental check-up and maintain dental care to keep your teeth healthy.

If you are thinking of getting a dental check-up  done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience, specific to your dental condition. Preserve your natural smile by availing the best dental solutions.

For more information on enamel wear and sensitivity problems, consult Dr. Ron Lo at (253)-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com 

You can also visit our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com/  for more information.