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If our teeth were pearly white knights, our tooth enamel would be their shining armor. The enamel dutifully protects our teeth from bacterial invaders and hard debris with compacted crystals that cover the outside of every tooth. It guards your mouth every day, working hard. 

Your tooth enamel is the hardest and most highly mineralized substance in your body. It is mostly composed of hydroxyapatite, but contains other minerals as well. It is structurally made up of densely fused crystals that have natural tints of yellow or gray (though our office performs tooth whitening). Your dentin, the layer under the enamel, mostly gives your teeth their color, but your enamel adds the reflective shine to your smile.

You need your enamel if you want your teeth to survive. It is not made from living tissue, so it cannot heal itself if it is damaged, which means that you need to protect it.

Listed here are some enamel building tips:

— Eat the right foods: Avoid sugary food, acidic food, and hard candy. Do eat cheeses, apples, carrots, milk, and walnuts.

— Brush and Floss: You know the classic dental rule: brush twice a day and floss once. This will destroy bacteria and create a protective fluoride coating.

— Fluoride Treatment: Make sure to come into Stephen Woodard biannually, and get your teeth treated with fluoride. To make an appointment with our office in Spokane Valley, Washington, call 509-924-8585

We owe a lot to our enamel. Every day you can protect your enamel so it can guard your teeth. Keep brushing, flossing, eating right, and make sure to come into Stephen Woodard for fluoride treatments.