The Facts about Tooth Enamel

Enamel is one of four dental tissues present in the tooth. It provides a protective outer layer and guards teeth against daily wear and tear, such as grinding and chewing. Currently, researchers are unable to replicate enamel tissues; however, dentists use onlays and bonding procedures to guard teeth from further damage after enamel loss has occurred.

The following is a few interesting facts about tooth enamel you might not already know:

  • Paleontologists have found remnants of enamel on the teeth of dinosaurs and prehistoric sharks
  • Enamel is not comprised of living tissues; therefore, if damaged, it cannot be healed.
  • Chewing on objects such as ice cubes and pen caps damage enamel by abrasion.
  • Over the counter medications such as Benadryl or aspirin can weaken tooth enamel.
  • Saliva protects your teeth by rinsing and diluting corrosive substances in the mouth.
  • Without enamel, teeth are vulnerable to decay, infection, and cavities.
  • Bacteria present in plaque can cause higher levels of acidity which cause damage over time.
  • Medical conditions such as Acid Reflux Disease can contribute to loss by erosion.

How to Prevent Enamel Loss

With the right diet and preventive measures, your enamel can last over the course of your lifetime. Dr. Richard Kobak recommends routine checkups, cleanings, and thorough dental examinations. Acidic foods and diets high in sugar increase the likelihood of enamel loss. To protect enamel from daily abuse, drink carbonated or acidic beverages with a straw and rinse your mouth with water after ingesting foods that are corrosive to teeth.

Symptoms of Enamel Loss

If you’re experiencing sensitivity to the temperatures of food and drinks, you might have early stages of enamel loss. Jagged edges around teeth, indentations on the surface of teeth, and discoloration are also all potential indicators. If it has been more than six months since your last dental visit, schedule an appointment with Syosset Dental today at (516)-433-2211. Dr. Kobak and his staff are experienced in restorative and preventive dentistry. We serve patients in New York City, Long Island, Nassau, and Suffolk.