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Believe it or not, the strongest natural substance you have is your tooth enamel, which covers your teeth and provides protection from harmful substances, including plaque, tartar, and acids that could otherwise weaken the teeth. Tooth enamel also stops heat and cold from affecting the inner tooth structure so that you can eat and drink without worry. However, your tooth enamel is limited, and because it doesn’t have living cells it can’t come back if it disappears. We encourage you to protect your tooth enamel every day by taking proper oral care steps now.

Your enamel can become weakened if you chew on hard foods or ice as part of your meals and snacks. If you have crooked teeth or a bite that is not properly aligned and comes together poorly, these foods can chip and break your tooth enamel. Additionally, habits of grinding or clenching your teeth can wear away tooth enamel over time.

Even more dangerous to tooth enamel than tough food is the acids that can come from diet and bacteria. Sugar and starchy foods produce sugars that mingle with the bacteria found in dental plaque and create harmful acids that weaken tooth enamel. If you eat acidic foods and drinks, these can also deplete tooth enamel, and this includes citrus fruits that have a high acid concentration. Because these fruits contain essential vitamins that help your body, they should be eaten moderately, following by rinsing your mouth with water to wash away the acid.

You can protect your tooth enamel by avoiding harmful foods or reducing their presence in your diet. It’s also helpful to drink more water so that your mouth remains hydrated and can naturally clean your teeth periodically. A highly effective method to care for tooth enamel is to maintain habits of brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist for routine dental cleanings and exams.

To learn more about preserving the health of your tooth enamel in Toms River, New Jersey, we invite you to schedule a dental visit with Dr. Harihar Kumar by calling 732-244-1163 to speak with our team at Toms River Smiles Dental.