Tooth Enamel, Your Mouth’s Diamonds

The hardest substance in the body is tooth enamel. In fact, the only natural occurring substance harder than tooth enamel is diamond. Tooth enamel, your teeth’s natural defense system, is the hard white substance covering the crown of a tooth.

Unfortunately, tooth enamel can wear away over time. For example, rigorous brushing may diminish tooth enamel. However, special toothpastes can partially help.

Acids also temporarily soften your tooth every time you eat or drink, so it becomes vulnerable. Luckily, your saliva contains compounds that re-strengthen tooth enamel soon after this occurs. All components of the mouth work together, and therefore you need regular check-ups to make sure that everything is functioning properly.

Not only does tooth enamel protect your teeth, but it also controls how temperature is sensed in the internal nerve of each tooth. Essentially, if you have sensitive teeth, your enamel might be the cause of the problem. While there is no true substitute for tooth enamel, modern composite resin (durable and esthetic material for dental restoration) can desensitize teeth without compromising a white, attractive smile.

Your tooth enamel is examined at your dental check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Amanda Foust of Dental Impressions. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, call her Ankeny, IA, dentist office at (515)965-0230 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Foust cares for patients residing in Ankeny, Polk City, Bondurant, Elkhart, Alleman, and surrounding areas. Your teeth, like diamonds, need to shine!