Let’s talk about enamel, your teeth are covered by enamel – but what does this really mean and why is it so important to protect it?Enamel is a highly mineralised substance that covers the outer layer of each tooth and it is the most visible part of the tooth. The main role of enamel is to protect the softer, more weaker aspects of the deeper layers of your tooth. While it is very strong, it can over time become extremely fragile if it is not looked after correctly.
It can often be daunting when a dentist say “You have lost part of your enamel”, and in some cases all of it and not really know what this even means! But not to fear if you have damage to your enamel, all is not lost yet, as there are ways and means to protect it from further damage.Now this may sound harsh but once the enamel is gone, it’s gone, and this may result in having to get a crown or a veneer which can be costly.
Take our advice in this blog post to avoid this situation from happening. Damaging your enamel can all be avoided simply being wary of what causes and how to prevent and protect it from happening. So, we have put together a simple Do’s and Don’ts list.
- Buy a toothpaste that actually protects your enamel. Look for oral products that contain certain ingredients like fluoride and casein phosphopeptide as they remineralised the tooth.
- If you are concerned about the condition of your enamel please book an appointment to see your dentist, so they can detect if there has been any erosion to your enamel.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and be sure to floss, it’s just as important as brushing!
- Avoid Acidic Foods & Drinks; Citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapple, and fizzy drinks are classified as acidic and can cause the most harm to your teeth. Now, we aren’t saying cut them out completely, rather be mindful of your intake. It’s also best to use a straw when drinking any acidic drinks like lemon water and
- Don’t use products that are “gritty”; Gritty things that stick to your teeth like baking soda or charcoal – yes, they can remove stains – but these are abrasive meaning that they act like sandpaper and damage the tooth in the process!
- Overbrushing; Yes – this is really a thing. Stick to brushing twice a day and gently brush your teeth and lay off brushing them at them full force and all guns blazing! If you continue to overbrush it can also lead to other underlying issues such as sensitivity and receding gum.
Signs of damage
If you are worried that you may have damage to your enamel, it will turn grey. You may experience sensitivity when intaking hot or cold foods and drinks. Another indicator if damage is if your teeth have chipped – this shouldn’t happen! If you have any of these signs please don’t ignore it and book an appointment with your dentist.
All in all, losing your enamel can be avoided we can’t stress that enough, so protect your enamel, as it protects your teeth.
Lots of love,
Lisa & Vanessa xXx