Did you know that the hardest substance in your entire body is found on your teeth? Enamel, the white outer coating forms a robust defense against bacteria, protecting teeth from decay. However, enamel does not make teeth invulnerable. In fact, your Albuquerque NM dentist, Dr. Mark Miller, notes that several different things may be responsible for enamel loss. By working against these causes, you can protect your enamel, and by extension, your oral health.
When teeth lose their enamel, they lose a valuable defense against bacteria. With enamel gone, dentin, the yellow-hued underlayer, is exposed. Dentin is softer than enamel and also porous, making it a poor defense against bacteria. As a result, teeth that lose their enamel may develop cavities more rapidly. They will also be left with a yellowish hue, owing to the natural color of dentin.
Structural damage is another danger that arises when teeth lose their enamel. As the hardest substance in the body, enamel provides strength to teeth. Without enamel, teeth are considerably weaker and may, therefore, crack or break when they come under strain.
About Snowpark Dental: Dr. Mark Miller of Snowpark Dental is a respected dentist with extensive training in implantology. Patients can contact Dr. Miller by calling (505) 596-4479 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.
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