Your tooth enamel is a very strong substance in your body that keeps your teeth safe from harmful substances, including acids and bacteria. Tooth enamel also prevents discomfort from heat and cold by covering the inner tooth structure, there the tooth nerves are. However, your tooth enamel is not forever, nor can it regrow if it disappears. We encourage you to take proper care of your tooth enamel through oral hygiene so that it can last for a lifetime.
Chewing hard food or ice can hurt your enamel, especially if you have crooked teeth or a bad bite and your teeth knock together when you chew. Similarly, if you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth, this can take a toll on your tooth enamel.
Another risk to tooth enamel is harmful acids produced in bacteria and certain foods. When sugar and starch from food mingle with bacterial plaque, they produce harmful acids that can deplete the mineral density of the tooth enamel and weaken it. Additionally, foods and drinks that are naturally acidic, such as citrus fruits and soda, can strip tooth enamel. However, fruits offer a lot of essential vitamins that your body needs, and should still be eaten in moderation. To protect your teeth, rinse your mouth with water after snacking on an orange.
In addition to being careful with your intake of harmful food, be sure to drink plenty of water so that your hydrated mouth can boost saliva flow and naturally wash your teeth throughout the day. Be sure to practice effective oral care habits regularly, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing on a daily basis and seeing the dentist for dental cleanings and exams every six months.
To learn more about how to protect tooth enamel in Palm Desert, California, contact Gregg Balis DDS at 760-610-0497 today and schedule a time to speak with Drs. Balis and Huddleston.