Protecting Your Tooth Enamel
Although your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it's not unbreakable. It can also wear down, which is why it's essential to protect your enamel.
When you break a bone, your body can create new bone material to heal the fracture and fix the bone. Skin, too, can create new cells to heal a wound. The bones and the skin can do this because the materials that make them up are living. However, enamel and enamel rods aren't living tissue. So, there's no way for the enamel to repair itself if it's worn, eroded, or chipped.
That means protecting your enamel is essential. Of course, that means keeping up with your oral care by brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth daily. Using fluoride toothpaste can also help reduce the risk of enamel erosion and tooth decay because it helps strengthen the enamel. You can also protect your enamel by staying clear of anything that causes wear and tear, such as habits (like grinding your teeth or chewing on ice cubes) or acidic foods.
If you feel like your diet or habits are potentially harming your enamel, talk to your dentist. They'll be able to guide you if you need to avoid or limit certain foods. They can also help you with a mouthguard to protect your enamel from grinding your teeth.
Now you know what enamel rods are and their function. And you even saw a microscopic view of your enamel rod structure. Incredible right? Their design doesn't just look fantastic; it also protects your teeth and keeps your enamel healthy. That being said, your enamel can wear down. So it's always important to protect it. That includes daily care, fluoride toothpaste, and avoiding habits or foods that might harm your enamel. If you feel like you need support in keeping your enamel healthy, see your dentist and dental hygienist right away. They'll help you keep your smile strong and healthy.