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What is Tooth Enamel and Why is it So Important?

Healthy Teeth Marietta GA

Each tooth in your mouth made up of multiple layers, the outermost being the enamel. Under the top layer is the dentin, then inside is the pulp, which is where the nerve tissue begins and extends down each root.

According to our Marietta orthodontist, tooth enamel plays an important role in maintaining healthy teeth. It protects the other, more sensitive layers from becoming exposed and damaged.

Tooth enamel is the hardest layer of your tooth but is still susceptible to erosion due to contact with acids and sugars that break the material down.

What Happens When Tooth Enamel Is Broken Down?

When your tooth enamel begins to erode, the underlying layers are exposed. The dentin surface is dark-colored, very sensitive to certain temperatures, and spongy, making it easy for the decay to spread and enter the pulp and nerve of the tooth.

Tooth enamel doesn’t grow back, which is why it’s important for you to take care of the teeth you have.

Taking Care of Tooth Enamel

There are several things that you can do to help protect your tooth enamel and keep it strong, including:

  • Avoid acidic drinks like soda and citric foods
  • Don’t consume sugary foods or drinks
  • Stay away from starchy foods like bread
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste daily
  • Brush thoroughly and brush often: especially when you have braces
  • Have fluoride treatments done when you visit the dentist

Living with Healthy Teeth

Taking these recommended steps to help prevent enamel erosion can help ensure that your teeth stay healthy. For more tips on taking care of your smile, visit William R. Kincer, our Marietta, Georgia orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.

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  • We are beyond thankful for Dr. Kincer and his team!! Dr. Kincer is one of the most honest and conservative Orthodontist, which is a VERY rare find in the industry. We moved to south Florida about halfway through our treatment of 18 months and did not switch orthodontists; that’s how much Dr. Kincer means to us! Our daughter’s smile is absolutely beautiful!!

    Lindsay D
  • Dr. Kincer is the BEST at what he does!!! Both of my girls have been under Dr. Kincer's care, with exceptional results. They both began treatment at age 8, because of their tiny mouths that required Phase I and Phase II treatments. As a result of his recommended treatment plan, our girls will have exceptional teeth for life. Our family is incredibly thankful for Dr. Kincer's meticulous care that resulted in BEAUTIFUL smiles!!!

    Jen B
  • Dr. Kincer is the best. I am almost a year into my treatment and i have nothing but great things to say. He is so kind and his team is amazing. They are simply amazing and truly care for what their customers need and what their teeth need. I highly recommend Doctor Kincer to anyone looking for orthodontics.

    Jennie H
  • Excellent orthodontist. Invisalign was the best money I ever spent on myself. Dr. Kincer is meticulous, thorough, has attention to detail, and fixed my flared teeth. Everyone is always complimenting my smile. He is always timely, professional, and his support staff (Jennifer and Lynn) are really caring. He is able to shave down teeth to make them aesthetically fit my smile and proportions. Dr. Kincer and Lynn really make sure their patients are comfortable-- especially when it comes down to removing attachments for invisalign and IPR, when your teeth are already sensitive. I recommended him to my brother and little cousin for orthodontic work and for their retainers :)

    Kimberly T
  • After having my braces off for 12 years. I go in today to see my little sister get her braces off, and Dr. Kincer readjusted my Old retainers to fit again!! He is a great orthodontist!

    Brittany B
  • Our family has been using Dr. Kincer for the past 10 years. Our oldest daughter has had amazing transformations with her treatment and our second is shaping up to do the same. Couldn't ask for a better, more friendly place.

    Shannon R
  • This is our fifth year and second kid with Dr. Kincer. Love him and his staff! Would recommend them to anyone!

    Jill T
  • Both my kids have beautiful, straight teeth because of Dr. Kincer's work. He takes great care to work with every aspect of getting braces.

    Franny

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