Before we get into whether or not tooth enamel can grow back, let’s start by talking about what tooth enamel is in the first place. Each tooth has a thin, exterior layer of enamel that’s made up of minerals and protects the inner tissues from acid, plaque, and decay. Enamel is translucent or semi-transparent, and it can range in color from yellow to white to gray. Fun fact: It’s actually the hardest substance on your body!
So Can Tooth Enamel Grow Back?
The sad fact of the matter is that once enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. Since there are no living cells in tooth enamel, there is no way for it to regenerate — same as with your bones. So while the human body may be able to heal skin and grow back hair and nails, it just can’t do the same when it comes to tooth enamel.
How to Protect Tooth Enamel
Now that you know tooth enamel can’t grow back, you should know the best ways to protect it! You can take care to avoid or minimize your intake of those foods and beverages full of damaging sugar and acid. Think citrus, red wine, coffee, and candy. And speaking of candy, be careful when chewing or biting down on hard candy, or even ice cubes, because it could chip or crack your enamel.
In addition to all of that, you can maintain good oral hygiene habits at home like brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Getting the right amount of fluoride whether in your toothpaste, from your drinking water, or with fluoride treatments can also strengthen your enamel. Don’t forget to go and see the dentist every six months for those regular checkups too!
If you’d like more dental health tips or you’re ready to schedule your next dental visit, contact Highland Oaks Family Dentistry today!
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