Enamel: The Basics

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There are a few key building blocks to stellar oral health. We’re not talking about just a cavity every now and then level oral health. No, this is the kind of oral health that makes a dentist sit back on his swivel stool and stare in awe at the spectacle of beauty before him.

Ok, that’s a bit dramatic. But there are a few things about your oral health that, if you take care of them, may wow our dentist. One of those is enamel. So let’s take a look at that topic today.

What is enamel?
Simply put, enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. It also protects the nerves and blood vessels within your teeth that keep them healthy and alive. Without enamel, your teeth wouldn’t be hard enough to perform any of their current functions.

Going deeper, enamel is a crystalline layer of calcium that replenishes itself on a regular basis. However, it may not be impervious to abuse. You have to work with it to help it have the best effect on your long-term oral health.

Why do I need to protect it?
Enamel is your first line of defense against cavities, gum disease, and other oral infections. Protecting your enamel protects the rest of your oral health, and without that it’d be nearly impossible to have healthy teeth at all.

How do I protect it?
The best way to protect your enamel is to follow the advice of Dr. Diego Flores in Tomball, Texas, and brush twice daily, while flossing once. You can also use mouthwash, avoid acidic foods, and stay away from sugar as well.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call America's Family Dental Tomball today at 281.290.8000.