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7 Myths About Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it is still susceptible to damage. Our teeth are often our first impression—most of us greet each other with a warm smile, after all. Perhaps that’s why there are so many myths about tooth enamel. Unfortunately, some of these myths can lead to poor oral health. Here are 7 of the most common myths about tooth enamel to set the record straight. 

Myth #1: Tooth Enamel Is White

We love the idea of white teeth. Yet, the truth is that tooth enamel is actually translucent, which means that it allows the underlying dentin to show through. The color of your teeth is determined by the dentin, which can be yellow or gray based on your genetics!

Myth #2: Tooth Enamel Can Regrow

Once tooth enamel is damaged, it cannot regrow. However, the body can lay down new dentin, which can help to protect the tooth.

Myth #3: You Can Brush Your Teeth Too Hard

It is true that brushing your teeth too hard can damage the enamel. However, most people do not brush their teeth hard enough to cause damage. If you are concerned about brushing too hard, you can ask your dentist to show you how to brush properly.

Myth #4: Drinking Coffee and Tea Stains Your Teeth

Coffee and tea can stain your teeth, but the staining is not permanent. You can remove the stains by brushing your teeth regularly and using a whitening toothpaste.

Myth #5: Eating Sugary Foods Causes Tooth Decay

Sugary foods do not directly cause tooth decay. However, they can feed the bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria produce acids that can damage the enamel. If you have a sweet tooth, ensuring that you brush immediately after indulging can go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy.

Myth #6: Fluoride Is Bad for Your Teeth

Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen the enamel and prevent tooth decay. It is added to most toothpaste and drinking water in the United States. We’ve discussed previously that fluoride is a great way to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Myth #7: You Can’t Do Anything to Prevent Enamel Loss

There are many things you can do to prevent enamel loss, such as brushing your teeth regularly, flossing,  and getting regular dental checkups. 

Here are some additional tips for protecting your tooth enamel: 

• Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. 

• Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. 

• Floss once a day. 

• Eat a healthy diet that is low in sugary foods and drinks. 

• Get regular dental checkups and cleanings.

By following these tips, you can keep your tooth enamel strong and healthy for a lifetime! Of course,  reach out to us to schedule your next dental cleaning.