There are many myths and facts about the enamel of your teeth. There are many misconceptions about its purpose and abilities. We have picked our top 5 questions about enamel so you can better preserve your smile for years to come.
1. Is enamel the hardest substance in your body?
Yes. The skull and femur are often mistaken as being the hardest structures in your body. However, the most resilient substances are in your tooth enamel. The minerals in enamel make it the hardest and toughest substance in your body.
2. Does saliva strengthen your enamel?
Yes. Saliva contains calcium, which strengthens enamel. Saliva washes food and debris away from the surfaces of your teeth. Furthermore, it neutralizes acids and bacteria in your mouth, preventing additional damage to your teeth.
3. Can enamel Regenerate?
No. Enamel cannot regenerate itself. Minerals like calcium and phosphate create enamel. It is not a living tissue, therefore, it cannot grow back.
4. Does grinding your teeth damage your enamel?
Yes. Grinding your teeth can damage your enamel. Our teeth are meant to chew and grind up food, but too much grinding can be damaging. Teeth grinding in more serious cases can cause the enamel to become so worn that it can crack and split.
5. Are certain foods more harmful to enamel?
Yes. Sugar acts as an acid that attacks the enamel and slowly wears it away. Also, crunchy foods like chips and ice can break away enamel. Better choices are healthy, crisp foods like carrots and celery to stimulate salivary flow. Also, calcium in dairy products and phosphorus in animal proteins strengthen your enamel.
See your dentist at least twice a year and have your teeth checked to catch any signs of damage early. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (727) 349-3615 to schedule your next dental visit. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, strong and beautiful smile!