Find out what tooth enamel is and what you can do to avoid compromising it!
What is tooth enamel?
This outer layer of your teeth is extremely durable and protects your teeth from painful cavities and other forms of tooth decay. Without enamel, your teeth would be quickly eaten away by harmful acids and plaque. Although it is strong, enamel can decay if not cared for properly.
What causes tooth enamel loss?
Tooth enamel is actually considered to be the hardest material in your body, even harder than bone! Yet, even this mineral layer of your teeth can be compromised by the following:
- Sugary or starchy foods (high in glucose)
- Citrus fruits and coffee (high in acid)
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Not brushing and flossing as recommended by the ADA
- Dental injury
- Acid reflux
What does tooth enamel loss look like?
Tooth enamel loss can appear as discoloration, a change in tooth shape, sensitivity to hot and cold, or a rough dental texture.
Prevention is key
The truth is, enamel cannot be rebuilt. The best way for you to promote enamel health is to prevent its loss in the first place. Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing once a day is a great place to start. You may also want to talk with a dental professional about other enamel-strengthening habits such as brushing gently and using enamel-supportive toothpaste.