It's a lesson that is drummed into everyone. If your dental habits should result in the reduction or disappearance of your precious dental enamel, then it's gone forever. This can make your teeth far more susceptible to cavities and other issues. So how does your dental enamel actually work? And how can you protect your dental enamel?
What Is Dental Enamel?
Your dental enamel is the hard mineral substance that covers your teeth. It's the part of the tooth that can can actually be seen. Your enamel is largely made from a calcium mineral called hydroxyapatite.
How Can Dental Enamel Become Damaged?
While it's extremely durable, dental enamel can degrade over time. Excessive consumption of sugar is one of the most common culprits when it comes to damage to your dental enamel. The sucrose in food or drink (sucrose is the carbohydrate from which most consumable sugar is made) interacts with the bacteria in your mouth to form lactic acid. This acid is what attacks your dental enamel, and over time, this can lead to cavities when the enamel has been breached. Poor dental hygiene that allows food remnants to remain in your mouth (a lack of brushing, or inefficient brushing) can also cause excess acid production as these pieces of food are consumed by bacteria.
How Can You Protect Your Dental Enamel?
So now you know exactly what your enamel is and how it can be damaged. But how can you protect it?
As always, visit your dental clinic if you have any concerns about your teeth. If you are particularly concerned about the integrity of your dental enamel, a bonding procedure might be in order. This is when a hard bonding agent is applied to any tooth that might be jeopardy, essentially acting as a form of artificial enamel. This is a last resort, and preventative care is always the best option.Share
5 May 2016
Miranda Raff here. My brother is a stressed-out dental student, so I'm starting this blog on his behalf. I work in a travel agency and my brother is mortified by the number of dental tourism stories I bring home. I book short holidays for people who seem as though they are going to enjoy some relaxation in an exotic country, only to learn that they plan to have cheap dental procedures. Whilst there are good dentists in developing countries, according to my brother, the complex procedures these people plan to have simply can't be finished in such a limited time. This blog is an attempt to inform you about the high skill levels and advanced technology found in Australian dental surgeries. New techniques are being developed every year and Australian dentists are at the forefront of offering these solutions. I really hope this blog helps you to appreciate our dentists.