Many people wish for a magical, one-time fix to protect their teeth forever. However, your smile requires a lifetime commitment to taking care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. A big part of protecting the health of your teeth starts by protecting the enamel. The hard outer layer of your teeth, the enamel, surrounds and protects each tooth as the first line of defense against threats from harmful oral bacteria. The inside of your teeth contain nerves and soft tissue that needs protection from the enamel. If protecting the enamel is the key to protecting your smile, do you know how to do that?
Tooth enamel is the thin, semi-translucent outer layer of your teeth, and it is also the hardest, most mineralized substance in your body. It is extremely resilient, but it is not invincible. Enamel can protect your teeth from harmful oral bacteria that could attack to create tooth decay. Enamel is designed to sustain the force of your bite, preventing your teeth from cracking or wearing down under the pressure. If enamel is damaged by decay or an injury, your body cannot make more to replace it. Unlike other parts of your body, even your bones, your enamel does not contain any living cells, so it cannot regenerate.
Your teeth, every part including enamel, rely on essential minerals and nutrients to stay healthy. So much so that enamel is made almost entirely of calcium and other minerals. A diet rich in important minerals is what keeps your teeth so strong and healthy. Enamel can become weakened with a lack of important mineralization. Enamel is at its strongest when you prevent harmful bacteria from attacking it. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental cleanings, are important to keeping harmful oral bacteria at bay.
If your enamel is compromised, Dr. Carmona can help restore that protection. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.