function of tooth enamelFunction of Enamel in Teeth

Before we explain what the function of tooth enamel is, let’s explain what tooth enamel is.  The wear-resistant exterior of the dental crown is made of dental enamel, the body’s toughest component. It creates an insulating layer that guards the tooth against physical, thermal, and chemical pressures that could harm the delicate tissue underneath. Since enamel is a translucent covering, the color of your teeth underneath is what is usually seen. However, things like food, drink, and smoking can stain enamel, changing the color. Since enamel tissue is acellular, it does not rebuild when injured.  Therefore, damaged enamel is critical.


Why is Enamel so Important?

One of the most important roles that dentists take seriously is safeguarding a person’s enamel. Patients risk tooth damage every time they put something in their mouth, bites, or chews. One of the things keeping teeth in place is how strong the enamel is. 

Even though enamel is a very tough surface, once compromised, it can be easily injured. Damaged enamel becomes easier for decay or other issues to cause further harm to the tooth’s underlying structure. Nothing stands between the teeth’s easily susceptible tooth and dreadful infections when the enamel deteriorates, cracks, or is broken.


How Do You Lose Enamel on Your Teeth?

Acids present in the meals and beverages you consume are one of the key factors in enamel deterioration. To safeguard your teeth, saliva continuously neutralizes acid in your mouth. However, the enamel’s outer layer will deteriorate over time if you consume too much acidic food and drink and neglect to properly brush your teeth.

When consuming acidic beverages, use a straw. The liquid is forced to the back of your mouth by the straw, away from your teeth. Watch your snacking. The likelihood of tooth decay rises when people snack frequently. After consuming foods high in sugar and carbohydrates, the tongue becomes acidic for a few hours. If you can’t clean your teeth and rinse your mouth, avoid munching.


What Can I Do to Help Enamel Loss?

Make sure you brush, floss, and use an antiseptic and fluoride mouthwash every day to maintain dental health and avoid enamel loss. For routine examinations and cleanings, visit your dentist every six months. Lemons, other citrus fruits, and carbonated sodas are among the extremely acidic foods and beverages you should avoid including in your diet. To ease the impact on your enamel, consume acidic foods during mealtimes. Alternate options include low-acid orange juice. After consuming acidic meals or beverages, immediately rinse your mouth with clear water.


What Treatment Does a Dentist Provide for Enamel Loss?

Depending on the issue, tooth enamel loss is treated differently. Tooth bonding is occasionally done to strengthen the tooth and improve its aesthetics. Your dentist can advise having the tooth restored with a crown or veneer if the enamel loss is severe. The tooth could be shielded from additional decay by the crown.


At Southbridge Dentistry we want to make sure your teeth are protected and healthy.  Call our office today at (303) 798-4967 or request an appointment online.  We would be happy to speak with you about how to prevent enamel breakdown or what can be done if you’re already experiencing enamel damage.