We count on our teeth to help us chew and digest our food, to let us speak clearly and to give us the confidence that comes with being able to greet others with a healthy smile. That’s a lot to expect – and on a daily basis to boot. Fortunately our teeth are encased by an outer layer of enamel, which is actually the strongest element in the human body. Tooth enamel protects the more sensitive layers of our teeth from being invaded by cavity causing bacteria. The thing is, even though it is so strong tooth enamel isn’t indestructible. So many years of everyday wear and tear will eventually begin to take its toll.
We want to take whatever steps possible to retain the resilience of our tooth enamel because it cannot be duplicated. Dentists recommend that we adopt healthier habits and cut down on the foods that tend to weaken the enamel. Biting down on a hard surface is one risk that we can avoid. Try to enjoy a cold beverage for instance, without chewing on the ice cubes.
As we age the natural flow of our saliva decreases. Saliva helps to cleanse the bacteria from our mouth so it is important to make up for the lack of it by drinking more water and stimulating the flow as much as possible. Chewing on crunchy foods and sugarless gum will help.
Ask for more suggestions about how to preserve your tooth enamel at your next appointment with Kendra Patterson, DMD. Call today @ 303-722-9504.