Would you believe that one of the toughest parts of the body can be found in your mouth? It’s true.
Enamel, the hard, outer surface layer of your teeth, is made up mostly of minerals. The substance is stronger than bone and key to protecting teeth from decay.
Unfortunately, if that enamel gets destroyed the body does not make more to replace it. That’s why it’s imperative that children and adults alike do their part to protect enamel from eroding.
Cut down on sugary foods and acidic fruits and beverages, which can be very damaging to enamel.
Do you grind and clench your teeth? Consider getting a nightguard to help prevent potential chips, cracks, and general wear associated with bruxism. Wearing a mouthguard during athletic activities can also help prevent dental damage.
One of the best ways to protect tooth enamel is by practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Topical fluoride found in toothpastes and mouthwashes offers most patients an adequate amount of the nutrient to keep tooth enamel strong and free from weak spots or decay.
It’s also important to schedule preventive checkups twice a year with Dr. Tim Stirneman and the Lake in the Hills-based Compassionate Dental Care team. The visits include an examination of each tooth and the surrounding soft tissue, a cleaning, and devising a treatment plan to keep smiles healthy going forward.
Between those visits, sealants can help prevent dental damage. The thin, clear coating of plastic fills deep crevices and pits in teeth where bacteria may flourish, creating a barrier to protect the teeth from decay.
Want to protect the enamel you have? Schedule a visit with the Compassionate Dental Care team today.