Do you know if you have strong tooth enamel? Enamel is what protects your teeth so they can remain strong and durable. It's important to understand what you can do to make sure your teeth’s enamel is not jeopardized. If the enamel begins to wear away, your teeth will be more susceptible to decay, which is not supportive of a healthy mouth.
Fortunately, there are ways to keep your enamel strong and your teeth healthy. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter because it strengthens the enamel and helps repair any early stages of tooth decay.
What exactly is enamel?
The enamel on our teeth acts like a defensive shield, protecting the teeth from decay. In fact, enamel is the hardest substance in the entire body. While it is strong enough to protect teeth that are meant to last a lifetime, it is possible for enamel to become damaged. Not taking proper care of one’s teeth can lead to the enamel cracking or chipping . If this occurs, it makes it easy for plaque to stick to the teeth, supporting the growth of bacteria.
Why does someone need strong tooth enamel?
Enamel protects the teeth from decay. It's possible for enamel to repair itself with the minerals found in saliva and using a fluoride toothpaste, but the process does take time. It is possible for the enamel to grow weaker, which greatly increases the chances of cavity formation. Those who grind or clench their teeth are at a higher risk for losing the enamel on their teeth and may benefit from using a mouth guard.
When enamel is jeopardized, visiting a professional dentist for advice is highly recommended, as there are measures people can take to help repair any lost tooth enamel.
Got strong tooth enamel?
Do you think you have strong tooth enamel? Or has it possibly been jeopardized? While you can help your tooth enamel repair itself by changing your diet and/or oral hygiene routine, there are other dental options available.
To find out the current and exact status of your teeth’s enamel, we suggest making an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. We have plenty of options available for your convenience and hope to hear from you soon!