How To Strengthen Tooth Enamel
The hard outer layer covering the crowns (tops) of your teeth is known as the enamel. Interestingly, enamel is the hardest material produced by the human body. This vital layer protects the soft inside of your teeth (also known as the pulp) from damage, decay, and infection.
Even though enamel is a robust material, it can thin out over time. If you don’t practice proper dental hygiene or have an unhealthy diet, bacteria can wear down your enamel over time and lead to cavities through tooth decay. Additionally, other behaviors can contribute to dental erosion, damage to your enamel caused by an acidic environment that’s not due to bacteria.
Causes of weakened enamel may include:
- Improper dental habits
- Unhealthy diet, especially consuming overly-sugary or acidic foods and beverages
- Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Chronic health conditions
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Acid reflux or vomiting
- Overconsumption of alcohol
- Dry mouth (also known as xerostomia)
- Traumatic injury
It’s crucial to care for your enamel as it does not regenerate on its own like the cells in your bones do. Saliva helps maintain your enamel by mineralizing it, neutralizing acidity, and washing away food matter, but it will not fully heal it.
You may be wondering how to strengthen enamel. Luckily, there are steps you can take to support your enamel and prevent further damage; we’ve outlined four top tips for you below.