Preventing Enamel Decay
Tooth enamel cannot regrow, but it can remineralize at its remaining points with the help of fluoride. According to UC Santa Barbara, repeatedly coating tooth enamel with low concentrations of fluoride enables it to quickly grow new and larger enamel crystals.
Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste provides regular exposure to fluoride and, along with once-a-day flossing, helps keep the teeth free of plaque and other harmful acids. Using a fluoridated mouthwash such as Colgate Total® Advanced Pro-Shield™ Mouthwash also prevents existing decay from progressing. Your dentist can provide similar fluoride treatments to further protect the teeth and remineralize any weakened enamel.
Tooth enamel is a tough substance, but it still needs your protection. Good oral care can ward off acid attack, but you should also check your teeth regularly for white or brown areas that signal the start of decay. Your dentist is looking for these and other warning signs at every checkup to help you keep your tooth enamel in top condition.