Did you know that your tooth enamel is the hardest part of your body? Doesn’t that make you glad that it is protecting your pearly whites? However, while hard, your tooth enamel is actually very fragile, and needs to be treated with care.
There are many poor habits that people develop that can cause damage to your enamel. These habits include chewing on pens or pencils, chewing on the ice after their beverage is gone, and biting on their fingernails. In addition to these things, certain foods eat can damage your enamel. These foods include acidic fruits, popcorn (if you bite into a kernel), drinks that contain acid, and more! Lastly, if you have jewelry in your mouth, like a tongue piercing, it can cause cracking or chipping of your enamel, and can collect bacteria that damages your mouth.
Unfortunately, along with your habits and diet, there are some certain dental conditions that can cause damage to your tooth enamel. The most common dental condition that damages your enamel is bruxism. Bruxism, also known as grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, is a problem that causes tooth enable to wear away. Unfortunately, as your enamel gets damaged, your teeth begin experiencing issues like tooth decay which will require a restoration.
What is the best way to protect your tooth enamel?
When you buy your oral hygiene products, always look for products that contain fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and rebuild enamel. In addition to your hygiene products, drinking more tap water will strengthen your enamel. Tap water contains fluoride, just like some dental hygiene products.