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Believe it or not, the enamel on your teeth is the toughest substance in your body. Its job is to protect your teeth from plaque, tartar, sugar, bacteria, and acids that will damage your teeth. It also shields the inner parts of your teeth from heat and cold, allowing you to eat and drink. However, you only have so much of it. And once it’s gone, it’s gone, and it does not grow back, since it has no living cells. So it is up to you to protect the enamel that you have.

Your enamel can be damaged by hard foods, or ice so you should keep that in mind when it comes to meals and snacks. If your teeth are not correctly aligned and strike each other at improper angles, your enamel can be damaged. If you grind or clench your teeth, you could also damage your tooth enamel. However, one of the biggest threats to the enamel of your teeth is acids. When you eat sugary or starchy foods, the sugars will interact with the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth. This will create acid which will then attack your enamel. Foods and drinks with high acid contents can also damage your enamel. While citrus fruits contain acid, they also contain vitamins that your body needs. So, enjoy citrus fruit in moderation, and with plenty of water.

You can take care of your enamel by limiting or avoiding foods that can damage it. You should also drink more water, which will keep your mouth hydrated, and will help clean your teeth. One of the best things that you can do to care for your enamel is to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. If you are concerned about your tooth enamel, have another dental issue, or if it is just time for your regular dental visit, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Robert A. Bell at Bullitt Dental P.L.L.C. in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Call 502-955-6516 now to plan your visit.