Did you know that the hardest mineral substance in your body is actually your tooth enamel? Something so small yet they can definitely take a punch. That being said, your tooth enamel is not bulletproof and neglecting it can have some serious consequences. Without tooth enamel your teeth would be left defenseless and unprotected from the food and beverages you are constantly chowing down on and indulging in. We all recognize the importance of needing teeth in order to chew and get the nutrients that we need because we would not be able to eat half the food that our body requires if it wasn’t for our choppers. But do we know and understand what tooth enamel does? Do we even know what tooth enamel is? Even if you go to the dentist regularly, getting that extra knowledge about tooth enamel probably isn’t on the forefront of your mind. Although, it definitely should be.
So what is tooth enamel? Tooth enamel is the outer surface layer of your teeth. It protects your teeth and is actually responsible for the color of your teeth. The more the merrier, right? Not quite possible, tooth enamel does not have living cells so it cannot regrow. So once it’s gone, it’s long gone. That’s why it’s important to strengthen it and help it now while you’ve still got the chance. What do you need to do to protect your tooth enamel from eroding away? A lot of the time wearing down tooth enamel comes from constant contact with acid. This can be through food or beverages; the more acidic the harsher the reaction can be with your tooth enamel. In addition, it can erode due to acid produced by oral bacteria in plaque. This occurs when our oral bacteria mingles with sugars in foods and ultimately leads to demineralized of your tooth enamel.
Luckily, there are easy ways that you can protect your tooth enamel so that your tooth enamel can continue to protect you. One way is through twice a day daily teeth cleaning. That’s right, brush your teeth folks! Another way you can strengthen your enamel is by taking vitamin D and calcium supplements. These promote bone growth and will strengthen your teeth.