Protecting Your Enamel - Advice From Your Trusted Atlanta Dentists
Many of our everyday habits cause damage to our tooth enamel, which is the protective, outermost layer of our teeth. The things that we eat and drink can damage our enamel and once it is gone, our teeth are very vulnerable. In order to better understand how to care for and retain our tooth enamel, we should discuss what enamel is in more detail, as well as the specific factors that typically damage enamel.
What Is Tooth Enamel?
Believe it or not, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body! It is the most visible layer of the teeth, and its primary role is to protect your teeth from acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay. Your enamel also insulates the teeth from hot or cold substances. Your enamel acts as a shield around your teeth, but if not treated with care, it can crack or deteriorate.
What Causes Damage to Tooth Enamel?
While you may not want to hear this news, some of your favorite foods and drinks have the potential to damage your enamel. Some of the worst offenders are;
Sour Gummy Candy: These types of candies contain many different types of acids that react with bacteria in the mouth and can severely damage enamel. They are also very 'sticky' and cling to the teeth which further exacerbates the problem.
Alcohol: Drinking alcohol decreases the amount of saliva in the mouth. Saliva plays a major role in keeping our mouths healthy. Without saliva, our mouths are more susceptible to enamel damage.
Potato chips: Potato chips contain starch which easily turns into sugar. Small pieces of potato chips get stuck between our teeth and act as food for the bacteria that is there which then eats away at the enamel.
Carbonated Drinks: Like alcohol, carbonated drinks like soda dry out your mouth, but this is only the beginning. These drinks allow plaque to increase acid production. Consistent "bathing" of your teeth in acid is extremely damaging to tooth enamel.
Hard Foods: Chewing on hard foods, including ice, can cause tooth enamel to crack and chip.
How Can You Protect Tooth Enamel
Unfortunately, tooth enamel does not regenerate. This makes it all the more important to protect it. In order to protect your enamel you should;
Enjoy the foods & beverages outlined above in moderation.
Use fluoride toothpaste.
Practice good dental hygiene. Flossing, brushing, and rinsing, properly will prevent foods from sticking around in your mouth and causing acid production.
Avoid using your teeth to open packages, untie knots, etc.
See your Atlanta dentist every six months!
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Protecting your tooth enamel plays an important role in maintaining good oral health. you will enjoy good oral health throughout your life. Avoiding the above foods as much as possible and practicing good oral hygiene are two very important steps that you can take to protect your enamel. Additionally, visiting the dentist every 6 months for regular dental check-ups is essential to maintaining the health and strength of your enamel.
If you’re due for your next dental check-up, teeth cleaning, or teeth whitening, contact us at Goldstein, Garber & Salama. We ‘re excited to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!