March 2, 2018
When thinking of the enamel of your teeth, the best word to describe it is protector, because it has the mighty task of standing up against all the foods and liquids that you consume. Even when you use your teeth for purposes they weren’t designed to fulfill, like opening bottles or packages, it’s still the faithful enamel that’s called to duty. But it too, needs protection. As you continue reading, you’ll learn what this important part of your teeth is made of, simple ways to protect it and how to prevent dental maladies.
What is Enamel Made of?
Mainly composed of minerals and a compound called hydroxyapatite, your enamel is the hardest material in your body. Ironically, though, it is one of the few parts that can’t regenerate material. In addition, it is very sensitive, so negligence and improper care can wear it down and eventually destroy it.
What Does It Protect?
It’s important to keep your enamel strong because it protects the essence-the life of your tooth, which includes the dentin and inner pulp areas. The deeper you go inside your tooth, the more vital the function is. Thus, the pulp that houses the nerves and the roots that embed in the gums, play major roles in determining the health of your mouth. Therefore, intruders like bacteria, food particles and liquids must be kept out of these sacred spaces because they can cause infection.
Ways to Protect Your Enamel
Here are some ways to keep your enamel strong so that it can, in turn, protect you:
- Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste – Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste is one of the better ways to protect your enamel. Although it can’t be regenerated, it definitely can be fortified to make it more resistant to wear and tear.
- Brush Carefully – When you brush, keep in mind that gentle is best. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your enamel, and apply moderate pressure.
- Limit Sugary Foods and Beverages – It’s a good idea to limit your consumption of sugary edibles and beverages because bacteria love them. Thus, as bacteria grow, they produce more acids that can wear down your enamel.
- Choose Healthier Options – Eating foods from natural sources will help to create a more balanced pH level in your body, which has two benefits for your enamel: less acids to wear it down and more enzymes in your saliva that help to fortify it.
Now you have a better understanding of the relationship you and your enamel have. Thus, you can make better choices and enjoy healthy teeth for years to come. To really enhance your oral wellness and maintain the integrity of your enamel, just reach out to your local dentist to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and checkup today!
About the Author
A graduate of the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, Dr. John Liscio has been in private practice in the Colchester community for over 35 years. He continues to promote holistic dentistry and the use of biocompatible material from his Liscio Dental practice and can be reached for more information through his website.
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