Keeping Your Tooth Enamel Healthy

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The hardest substance in the human body can be found in your mouth. It is the enamel on your teeth. The enamel is the first line of defense that your teeth have against plaque, bacteria and acids that can lead to tooth decay. Unlike the other parts of your body, your tooth enamel can’t be replaced once it is gone. Lost enamel can lead to worn or sensitive teeth, and teeth that are vulnerable to decay. The enamel on your teeth can be lost by grinding or clenching your teeth, which is known as bruxism; brushing too hard, eating food containing sugar, including carbohydrates which can break down into sugars.

As mentioned earlier, once your enamel is lost, it is gone for good, so it is important that you take steps to make sure that you keep your teeth protected. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste will help. Fluoride will not replace lost enamel, but it will strengthen it. Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and fight plaque between your teeth. When you brush, use a toothbrush with soft bristles so that you don’t damage your teeth. If you grind your teeth, talk with your dentist about your treatment options. Foods and drinks with a high acid content can also damage your enamel over time. And of course, you should see your dentist for your routine appointments.

If you have been experiencing some sensitivity in your teeth, or if it is just time for your cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Keith Dodge will happy to see you. If you live in the Orem, Utah, area and would like to make an appointment at Dodge Family Dental call 801-225-8060 today.