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All About Tooth Enamel

If you’ve ever visited a dentist, you’ve probably heard the term ‘tooth enamel,’ and have a sense that you need to protect it. But what is it? Today we’ll be talking about tooth enamel, what happens when you wear it down, and what steps you can take to preserve it.

What is Tooth Enamel?

Despite everything you may have heard about protecting your enamel, this substance is actually the hardest and most mineralized found in your entire body. In fact your natural enamel is made up mostly of minerals, primarily hydroxyapatite. Tooth enamel can range from a light yellow to a grayish white, covering the outer layer of each tooth.

What Happens When I Lose My Tooth Enamel?

Enamel’s primary function is to protect your teeth from decaying. When this barrier begins to erode, your teeth become much more susceptible to the effects of acids and plaque. If your enamel has been compromised, the inner layers of your teeth may respond with added sensitivity to hot or cold beverages and foods. 

Once your enamel is gone, there’s no getting it back. You can, however, strengthen your existing enamel by adhering to a daily tooth-cleaning regimen and eating foods rich in calcium or phosphorus. If your enamel has eroded and decay has begun, you may need the assistance of an oral surgeon in Naperville to repair the damage.

How Can I Protect My Tooth Enamel?

The best thing you can do for your tooth enamel is to avoid foods and drinks known to cause damage. Here are some examples:

  • Sugary food and drinks — think sodas, candy, and other sweets.
  • Acidic fruits and beverages — pineapple, lemonade, coffee, and pickles are some examples.
  • Hard foods — never bite down on hard candy or ice cubes!

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