If you were asked what the best defense was against getting cavities in your teeth, what would your answer be?
If you thought of brushing, flossing, regular dental checkups, or mouthwash use, you’re not far off. What all of those activities have in common, though, is that they work together to accomplish one important goal – preserving your enamel.
What is enamel?
Enamel is the outermost layer on your teeth, and it’s actually the hardest substance in your entire body. It protects the dentin and other inner layers of your teeth. It’s part of what gives your teeth their strength and ability to chew tough food.
Why is important?
Enamel is important because it’s the first line of defense against tooth decay. If you consistently eat a diet that is harmful to your enamel (food and drink high in acid, for example) then you’re automatically opening yourself to the possibility of more cavities in your mouth.
How do I help it?
The best thing you can to do ensure that you have enough enamel is to brush, floss, and use mouthwash regularly. This will ensure your enamel is in tip-top shape and improve your first line of defense against cavities.
Additionally, you can ask Dr. Sudi Rafieian if she thinks you need fluoride supplements, which can help in improving enamel.
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