Tooth Enamel: The Hero of your Mouth
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Made up primarily of minerals it’s main job is to protect your teeth from decay. Unlike other parts of the body however, if your enamel breaks down your body won’t rebuild and replace it. Therefore, protecting your enamel is crucial in the fight for good oral health.
Tooth enamel fights to protect your teeth from the daily wear and tear. As the enamel breaks down, a process known as demineralization, the tooth can become more sensitive to hot and cold as well as more susceptible to cavities. Demineralization can be sped up through the food and beverages you regularly consume. Bacteria left from eating sugary foods or acidic fruits/beverages can cause lactic acid to build up. When left the lactic acid will wear down the enamel.
Good news though, there are ways that you can speed up and stop the demineralization of enamel. Here are 3 ways that you can help stop the process:
1. Practice Good Oral Habits
You can protect the enamel by brushing your teeth after consuming sugary foods. Use a toothpaste with fluoride to help restore the minerals in enamel.Fluoride will help make sure that lactic acid isn’t formed. It can also help with remineralizing enamel that may have been lost. Flossing and regular visits to the dentist will help ensure that your enamel is in shape.
Saliva is more than just spit. Having saliva will help wash the bacteria in the mouth. It also helps maintain the pH of the mouth avoiding the buildup of lactic acid. Saliva contains minerals such as fluoride and calcium phosphate that will help promote remineralization.
3. Good Diet Habits
Chewing on hard candy or ice cubes can crack or damage the enamel. In addition, processed foods, breads and crackers are foods that bacteria love and can lead to excess lactic acid production. Consuming, dark leafy green veggies, fruits, and lean protein can all help in re-mineralizing the enamel.
How strong your shield is will depend on your practices. It’s never too late to strengthen your defenses in the fight against in tooth decay.
For all of your family, cosmetic or restorative dental needs, we invite you to contact Paris Family Dental. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (903) 732-0061! Visit us at 2333 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460 to learn more about our team, our practice, and how we provide excellence in dentistry in our area.