What is your enamel and how can you protect it? Your Calgary dentist can tell you!

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Your Calgary dentist will likely tell you that enamel is the hard and translucent outermost layer of your teeth, which is made of calcium phosphate arranged in a crystal structure known as hydroxyapatite. Although it’s paper-thin, the enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, even stronger than bone. 

Beneath the enamel is another layer of your tooth called dentin, which is softer and more susceptible to decay.

Why is enamel Important?

Enamel acts as a shield for your teeth, protecting them from damage and decay. If your enamel is damaged or worn down, your teeth become more susceptible to cavities, sensitivity, and other dental problems. In severe cases, the loss of enamel can even lead to tooth loss. 

Needless to say, it’s crucial to take care of your enamel to maintain good oral health. So, how can you do that? Here’s a list of things you can do:

Brushing and flossing regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and bacteria. 

Limit acidic foods and drinks: Wine, beer, sports drinks, and sugary sodas can erode your enamel over time, so we recommend limiting these in your diet. While fruit and fruit juices contribute to a balanced diet, the acid in them can also damage your enamel, so try using a straw to help limit the juice that comes into contact with your teeth. 

Drinking water: Staying hydrated throughout the day can help rinse away food particles and bacteria from your teeth and gums. It can also help neutralize the acid in your mouth.

Visiting your dentist regularly: Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and identifying any potential problems early on. Your dentist can also give you fluoride treatment and provide you with further advice on how to protect your enamel.

Maintaining good oral hygiene will keep your enamel, as well as the rest of your mouth, strong. Keeping a routine of cleaning your teeth, eating well, and having regular check-ups are a sure way to keep your enamel doing what it does best: protecting your teeth. 

About Author

Dr. Arash Ravanbakhsh is a skilled Calgary dentist passionate about oral health. Graduating from the University of Alberta, he brings advanced dental knowledge to Inglewood Family Dental. Dedicated to patient care, Dr. Arash also volunteers his time on dental missions, improving oral health globally.