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December 3, 2021

Q: What Is Tooth Enamel?

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If you enjoy watching videos on Youtube, you may have come across toothpaste commercials that talk about the importance of protecting your tooth enamel. If you’ve skipped past those commercials, let’s finally get the question answered today: What is tooth enamel?

Have you ever suddenly suffered from tooth sensitivity when consuming hot foods or drinks? Have you looked in the mirror and thought your teeth are becoming discoloured? It’s a sign of tooth enamel being worn down or even destroyed.

Why Does My Tooth Enamel Matter?

Tooth enamel is the tough outer surface layer of your teeth protecting the inner areas of the teeth, the dentin and pulp (Check out this previous Ask A Dentist post for a detailed look at your tooth). Damaging your enamel could lead to cavities, temperature sensitivity and tooth infection.

Furthermore, a strong enamel is the key to pearly white teeth. If the white layer of enamel wears away, it exposes the dentin (the yellow inner layer of the tooth).

How Do I Protect My Enamel?

Your enamel can deteriorate from everyday acids that develop from foods and drinks containing sugar or starch. While you cannot rebuild tooth enamel, you can prevent further enamel loss with a good oral care routine. Fluoride toothpaste helps protect the enamel as fluoride strengthens teeth and makes them more resilient against acid attacks. 

You can add fluoride mouthwash to your dental care routine for added protection against tooth decay in hard-to-reach areas in your mouth.

Ultimately, dental checkups are critical in maintaining tooth enamel. Your dentist will spot early signs of weakened tooth enamel and tooth decay and provide tips to strengthen it. Schedule a checkup with us at one of our Dental Image Therapy Centres in Garden City Shopping Centre and St. Vital Centre today to preserve your tooth enamel.

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