What Is Tooth Enamel And How Can You Protect It?

We all know that good dental care is the key to oral health. Protecting tooth enamel will go a long way in keeping your smile bright for years to come. Our Scarborough dental office can help.

What is Tooth Enamel, and What Harms It?

We hear about tooth enamel all the time, in dental health-related articles and commercials for various dental products. But just what is it?

Tooth enamel is the hard, protective outer layer on your teeth. After eating, sugars and starches begin to produce acids. Those acids eat away at tooth enamel. When the enamel breaks down it allows cavities to form.

Preventing Enamel Breakdown

The best way to protect your teeth is by avoiding or limiting those things that are most likely to destroy the enamel. This includes avoiding sugary foods and carbonated drinks. Shy away from fruit juices, especially citrus as the acidity can compound the problem.

Drink and eat calcium-rich foods instead such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and almonds. Keep heartburn and acid reflux under control. That acidity also breaks down tooth enamel. Do not brush your teeth too hard and wait for 30-60 minutes after eating before you brush. 

Protecting Your Enamel with Biannual Dental Examinations and More

Scarborough Dental Group will help you protect your tooth enamel. Having a routine exam every six months with Dr. Rik or Dr. Caulford will help in keeping your dental health in check. Our dental team may advise you to up the use of fluoride to protect that precious tooth enamel. Toothpaste with fluoride can help, but your Scarborough dentist may recommend additional fluoride treatments for added protection.

If you live in the Scarborough, Ontario area and are looking for a dentist committed to keeping you and your family’s smile healthy and bright, call Scarborough Dental Group today! Beyond routine preventative care, our dental team offers healthy fluoride treatments and dental sealants along with other cutting-edge treatments for our patients of all ages. Contact our staff, and we will be happy to discuss the dental services we provide.