Tooth Enamel

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
August 11, 2016

Tooth enamel is known as the hardest tissue in the human body. Enamel is the thin outer layer of the tooth. It 06-10-06rightcentralincisorcovers the crown of the tooth, which is the part of the tooth that is visible outside of the gums. Enamel is a translucent substance, so you can see through it. There is dentin inside the tooth that gives the tooth its color, whether it is white, off white, yellowish or even grey. This is where most of the coloration on the tooth you see comes from. The enamel can become stained by substances like coffee, tea, colas, fruit juices, red wine and cigarettes. When you keep up with regular dental cleanings and polishing treatments, you can remove most of the surface stains and help to keep the teeth healthy.

Enamel protects the tooth from daily use like chewing, biting, crunching or grinding. It also helps to insulate the teeth from potentially painful temperatures and chemicals. While enamel is the very hard protector of the teeth, it can still crack or chip. Unlike other broken bones in the body that can repair themselves, once enamel is cracked or chipped, it is broken forever. There are no living cells in the enamel to help in the repair process like other bones. This makes it even more important to make sure you are doing as much as you can to protect your teeth and the enamel on it.

Enamel on the teeth will begin to erode with time and constant contact with certain things. Tooth erosion normally occurs when acids wear away enamel on the tooth. Enamel erosion can be caused by the following:

  • A large consumption of soft drinks – these drinks are high in levels of phosphoric and citric acids.
  • Fruit drinks – some acids in fruit drinks can be more erosive than battery acid.
  • Dry mouth or low salivary flow.
  • Diets that include high amounts of sugar and starches.
  • Acid reflux disease.
  • Gastrointestinal problems.
  • Medications – like aspirin and antihistamines.
  • Genetics or inherited conditions.
  • Environmental factors – friction, wear and tear, stress and corrosion.

When you have a good oral health regiment and go to regular professional cleanings, your tooth enamel should also stay healthy.

For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at[email protected]  or call (561) 488-3111Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.

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