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The Importance of Tooth Enamel

People are now more aware about the tooth enamel thanks to the dentists. This is the reason that people know how important the tooth enamel can be when it comes to taking care of your dental health.


Generally speaking, tooth #enamel is the protective layer which covers the living part of the tooth. It protects the inner layers which essentially receive the blood flow, and which are responsible for showing the color of your teeth.


Having that said, the tooth enamel is mainly a translucent natural material which is composed of #mineralized crystals. The enamel is hard enough to give teeth the power of chewing hard foods. The layer beneath the tooth enamel is called dentin which is a porous bony material. Under the dentin, there is tooth pulp which is composed of nerves and vessels.


Importance of tooth enamel

There is a huge importance of tooth enamel for #oral_health. Its main job is to protect teeth from cracking and breaking. You have to keep it mind that you are at the higher risk of getting your teeth broken when you eat something hard. Strong enamel tends to protect your teeth from going through this condition.


The main material the tooth enamel is made of is called hydroxyapatite crystal, also called fluorapatite. The higher the concentration of these fluoride crystals is, the better protected is going to be your teeth against tooth wear, cavities and other dental health problems.


Another thing you have to take into consideration regarding better prevention of plaque and consolidation of food particles is the smoothness of tooth enamel. Although tooth enamel is made to sustain its smoothness, demineralization can make things worse in the end.


What happens when the tooth enamel is damaged?

As mentioned above, tooth enamel is essentially a protective layer which protects what’s underneath this layer. So, any damage to tooth enamel can lead to the bacteria and other germs getting access to the inner layers of the tooth. This problem can lead to cavities and other dental problems that may lead to the tooth loss and even worse.


Although tooth enamel is quite hard, it is still prone to chips and cracks. And the bad news is that tooth enamel cannot repair any chips or cracks on its own because it is not the living part of the body. However, this layer gets re-mineralized on consistent basis because it is usually frequently exposed to the supply of helpful minerals contained by the foods and saliva.


Protecting tooth enamel

Preventative dental care is the only way you can protect your tooth enamel. Having that said, you need to make sure that you avoid sugary and sticky foods because they can stick to the teeth and become breeding ground for bacteria. Furthermore, you have to ensure better oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Preventative dental care also essentially involves dental visits. Make sure that you are not missing any.


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Uploaded on October 31, 2018