Toluca Lake Dentist Talks About Threats to Healthy Enamel

Written by Dr. McKay on Apr 5, 2022

Dental enamel is the outermost protective layer of your smile. Maintaining strong and healthy enamel is crucial to achieving long-term oral health. That is why our Toluca Lake dentists have put together this short overview of key threats to enamel health. Keep reading to learn more… 


Oral bacteria live in our mouths and feed on the sugars and refined carbohydrates that we consume. Over time, bacteria infiltrate dental enamel and gum tissue, leading to dental cavities as well as gum disease. Protect your smile by cleaning your smile as recommended by your dentists, and drinking plenty of water.


Natural dental enamel becomes softer when it comes into contact with acidic substances (like fruit juices and soft drinks). Additionally, oral bacteria create acids, which weaken enamel. Promote enamel remineralization by drinking water and rinsing your smile. And refrain from brushing your teeth right after acid exposure—you want to wait about twenty to thirty minutes for your teeth to remineralize.


Dental accidents and traumas can befall even the most diligent dental patients; there’s no way that we can completely insulate ourselves from environmental threats. However, there are steps you can take to safeguard your smile in high-risk situations. If, for example, you participate in contact or extreme sports, you will absolutely want to wear a personalized protective mouthguard to shield your teeth from damage.

To learn more about ways to care for your natural dental enamel, please feel free to contact our Toluca Lake dentists by phone or through our website. We are here to help you!