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The Importance of Tooth Enamel

May 17, 2023 7:41 pm
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Each one of our teeth is made up of different layers that have their own purpose. The outermost layer is called enamel and then underneath that you have dentin, which is tissue with many tiny tubes running inside, and then the pulp, which is where the nerves and blood vessels are. Basically, enamel is the part that you see when you look at your teeth and the part that you’re cleaning when you brush. Here’s why tooth enamel in particular is so important:

The Hardest Substance in the Human Body

One of our favorite dental fun facts is that enamel is the hardest substance in the whole human body. Yes, it’s even stronger than bone! This strength keeps all of the inner parts of a tooth well-protected. If the enamel wasn’t there, the more sensitive areas of our teeth would be exposed, which would cause tooth sensitivity or even serious tooth pain.

Protection Against Decay

You can also think of your enamel as a protective layer that shields your teeth from decay. If we get a cavity, that decay has to go through all the enamel first before it reaches the nerve of a tooth. Once decay reaches the inside of a tooth, it opens the door to infection and more severe dental problems.

Once It’s Gone, It’s Gone

The sad truth is that once enamel has worn away, whether due to severe decay, injury, or infection, it won’t come back. That’s why it’s so critical to protect our enamel while we have it! We can do this by regularly brushing and flossing, routine cleanings and fluoride treatments at the dentist and wearing mouthguards or nightguards when necessary.

If you have more questions about keeping your tooth enamel in great condition, don’t hesitate to contact us at Wedington Family Dental in Fayetteville. Our team is ready to help you live life behind your most beautiful smile!

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