Tooth enamel is the hard shell that protects your teeth from decay and insulates them from sensitivity.   It is in fact, the strongest substance in the human body.  While your tooth enamel is so substantial it is at the same time vulnerable.

The nemesis of tooth enamel is the acid and sugar content of the foods and beverages that we put in our mouths.  Some of the biggest contributors are soft drinks and citrus fruits.  The fruits however, do have some nutrient content so instead of cutting them out of your diet take the precaution of rinsing your mouth after eating them.  Soft drinks on the other hand, have no nutritional value.

Fortunately, there are indications that can serve as a warning that your tooth enamel is being compromised.  An increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods for instance, or any discoloration may be signs of trouble and you should see your dentist right away.

Tooth enamel cannot be replaced, it doesn’t grow back, but it can be repaired.  “Remineralization” can be achieved by using fluoridated products such as mouthwash and toothpaste.  Calcium supplements may also be recommended.  If tooth sensitivity persists there are products that may help relieve the discomfort.

Prevention is the best way to avoid deterioration of your tooth enamel.  Talk to the dental professionals at the Harman Family Dental Center about improving your diet and practicing good oral health habits.  Call the office today @ 720-809-7789.