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You’ve probably heard of tooth enamel, the hard outer layer of your teeth. In fact, it is the hardest substance in your whole body. But notwithstanding its strength, it can wear down over time. Is there anything you can do to prevent this, and even to strengthen tooth enamel?

One thing you can do to help your enamel is to limit what can damage it. One of the main sources of enamel erosion is acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria feed on sugars left behind after we eat. Cutting back on sugary items like soda and candy can help lessen acid production. You can also eat things that promote enamel strength. Foods high in calcium counteract acids in the mouth as well as strengthening teeth and bones.

Possibly the best way to strengthen enamel is by using fluoride. Fluoride actually reintegrates lost minerals, such as calcium, back into enamel. A simple thing like using a fluoride toothpaste can go a long way toward strong, healthy enamel.

One question people have is whether lost enamel can be regained. The answer to that is no. Your teeth have as much enamel when they come in as they will ever have. So you can see why it is so important to take care of what is there. If you would like to know more about preserving your tooth enamel or want to set an appointment with Dr. Nancy Urquiola, please call Urquiola Dental Center PC at 734-973-7450 today. Your oral health is our passion.