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It’s all over your toothpaste tube and your bottle of mouthwash. You’ve probably overheard the term in the dentist’s office a time or two, and if you watch late-night TV, you’ve seen ads for oral health products claiming to help this part of your oral health.

But what is enamel? And why do you need to spend so much time and energy on keeping it healthy? Well, there’s a lot of reasons. Today we’ll look at just a few of them.

What is enamel?
Simply put, enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth. It’s what protects the dentin and pulp from damage. These are just the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels within your teeth. They’re what make your teeth have feeling.

Going deeper, enamel is a crystalline layer of calcium that replenishes itself on a regular basis. However, if you do too much damage to it – like not brushing – enamel can’t be replaced fast enough to stop infection.

Why do I need to protect it?
Not protecting enamel is practically inviting cavities and gum disease into your mouth. These are issues you obviously don’t want to deal with long-term. Protecting your enamel protects the rest of your oral health, and without that it’d be nearly impossible to have healthy teeth at all.

How do I protect it?
The best way to protect your enamel is to follow the advice of our dentist at Highland Creek Family Dental in Lafayette, Indiana and brush twice daily, while flossing once. Other activities, like mouthwash use and avoiding foods like soda, are good ideas as well.

For more information, or to make an appointment with Dr. Shane Cope, call us today at 765.807.0592.