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Who doesn’t want a strong, healthy smile to share with the world? A key part of having healthy teeth is having good enamel to protect them. Unfortunately, many things that we eat and drink work to erode our tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay and discoloration. What can you do to protect it?

Enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth that protects the sensitive inner layers. Enamel wears away over time from everyday use. Wear is accelerated by acidic foods and poor dental hygiene. Now, you may have heard of products that purport to regrow your enamel. This is absolutely false. While tooth enamel is the strongest tissue in the human body, it is not a living tissue. As such, it cannot grow back. Once it is gone, it is gone.

This doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. There are products that strengthen enamel by remineralizing it. Remineralizing means that minerals such as calcium and phosphates are pushed back into the tooth, and the enamel there is hardened. This is accomplished with fluoride, which can be found in many toothpastes. Check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to be sure of fluoride content.

Other treatments are available to protect enamel, but the best thing to do is prevent enamel erosion. Minimize teeth’s exposure to acid by reducing the amount of citrus and sugar in your diet. If you do drink something like orange juice, use a straw. Rinse your mouth with water to neutralize any acid in it.

Your enamel is one of your greatest allies in your battle against tooth decay. To learn more about how to protect it and to schedule a cleaning at Garth Collins, DDS, call our Folsom, CA, office today.