Your tooth enamel is a very durable substance that covers your teeth and keeps them safe from harmful acids and bacteria. Tooth enamel is also responsible for protecting inner tooth structure and nerves from heat and cold to prevent dental discomfort. However, tooth enamel is limited and will not return when it disappears. You can stop the loss of your tooth enamel by taking proper care of your smile through diet and oral hygiene.
Chewing hard food or ice risks the quality of your tooth enamel because it can be chipped and broken, especially if you have teeth that knock together when you chew. Similarly, when you grind or clench your teeth, this action wears on the tooth enamel.
The harmful acids found in oral bacteria and certain foods can also contribute to tooth enamel loss. Sugar and starch from your food combine with bacterial plaque to create harmful acids that strip the mineral density from tooth enamel. Additionally, naturally acidic foods and drinks, including citrus fruits and soda, have the same effect. Because fruits are also rich in essential vitamins that boost your health, they should be eaten moderately. Rinsing your mouth with water after can remove the acids from your teeth.
In addition to choosing your food carefully, drink lots of water to naturally wash your teeth and enhance saliva flow. Maintain healthy oral care habits such as brushing and flossing every day and receiving dental checkups every six months.
For more information on the purpose of tooth enamel in Orem, Utah, schedule your visit with Drs. Ball, Broadbent, and Peacock by calling Dental Center at 801.224.6165 today.