Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in your body? Enamel protects your teeth from daily wear and tear, excessive temperatures and chemicals. Even though it’s very tough, it can get damaged, and because it has no living cells, your body can’t repair it once it’s damaged. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prevent enamel loss and damage and keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Enamel’s biggest enemy is acid – from sugar, starch, and even fruit juices. Other causes include dry mouth (xerostomia), acid reflux disease, gastrointestinal problems or side effects from medications. You can also experience enamel loss and damage because of an inherited condition, or from simple wear and tear caused by excessive brushing or teeth grinding.
The symptoms depend on the severity of the enamel loss and damage, but they can include:
There are plenty of practical ways you can keep enamel loss and damage at bay:
Your enamel is the toughest substance in your body, but you can still damage it. Stick to a rigorous oral care routine twice a day every day to minimize permanent acid erosion. With a bit of care, you too can achieve healthier and happier smiles for years to come.
Sip acidic drinks through a straw to prevent tooth enamel damage.
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