Many people do not realize that their teeth are actually comprised of different layers—your tooth is not the same all the way through. The outermost layer of your tooth is called dental enamel, and this structure is designed to protect the more vulnerable, inner portions of your tooth. As you move toward the center of your tooth you will pass through the dental enamel, then the dentin, until you reach the dental pulp, nerves, and tooth roots.
So, as you would imagine, it is very important to care for your dental enamel, and keep it strong and healthy, so that you can maintain oral health for the long-term.
The most common threats to healthy enamel are:
· Oral bacteria—including built up plaque and tartar
· Acidic substances
· Dental trauma—sport accidents etc.
· Bruxism—chronic dental grinding
It makes sense, therefore, that you can help your smile by taking steps to minimize these common threats!
· Clean your smile as recommended by your dentist, to keep plaque at bay
· Keep up with your schedule of semi-annual professional dental cleanings
· Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking something acidic
· Always wear protective mouth gear when engaging in contact and/or extreme sports
· If you notice that you are grinding your teeth during the day, or if you are waking up with headaches and a sore jaw (which may mean that you’re grinding your teeth at night), talk to your dentist about preventive treatments for bruxism
When you take simple steps to protect your smile now, you help your dental enamel stay strong, thick, and healthy for years to come. As always, our Glendale dentists are here to answer all of your questions, and give you any additional information that you need about all of your preventive and restorative options. We look forward to speaking with you!