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What is Tooth Enamel and How to Keep it Intact

Tooth enamel is an essential part of your teeth. It is the shiny and hard outside layer of the tooth. In fact, it’s of all the materials in the human body, it is the hardest!

Tooth enamel is made of minerals, allowing it to provide protection to your teeth. However, it must be cared for properly as it can wear away, putting the condition of your teeth in danger. And when enamel is lost, it does not rebuild itself.

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How to keep your tooth enamel healthy and strong

Enamel can erode for a variety of reasons.

For example, consuming highly acidic foods like tomatoes and tomato sauce, citrus fruits, soda and sugary foods can wear down enamel. Acid reflux, certain medications, bruxism and even genetics can cause enamel erosion, as well.

Signs of enamel loss include tooth sensitivity, yellowing of the teeth, wearing of the tooth’s edges and even exposure of the under layer of the teeth.

The best protection is to keep your enamel healthy before issues arise. This includes brushing with a soft toothbrush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. Further, if you do drink acidic beverages, do so with a straw. And be sure to stay hydrated and if you clench your teeth, wear a mouthguard at night.

These steps can go a long way in protecting your enamel for a lifetime. And if you suspect an issue with your teeth or enamel, call us for an appointment.

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Dr. Mitchell Milan is a leader in the dental industry and his premier dentist office in Birmingham, Michigan is where countless people have gained oral health and renewed confidence.

Regardless of if you are searching for a new family dentist or you need in-depth dental treatment, we can help. Our tech-forward dentist office offers only the latest treatments to step your oral health up.

If you’re ready to have the best in dental care, call us today.

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