Some people do not realize how tough their teeth really are, but I can tell you that your teeth are much stronger than you may think. Here are some facts about the strength of your teeth and how to make sure they stay that way.

  1. The strongest substance in your body is tooth enamel.

It covers the outer layer of each tooth and is the hardest, most highly mineralized substance in your body. It forms a strong barrier that protects the inner layers of your teeth from the effects of acids and plaque; it also protects the sensitive inner layers of your teeth from foods and beverages that are very hot or very cold. Stronger than bone, this resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body – making it durable and damage-resistant.

  1. Your bite has great power!

Your teeth can actually apply about 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down. However, using your teeth as tools here and there is not recommended, as this will cause the health of your teeth to decline.

  1. Your teeth cannot heal on its own.

The roots of teeth have cells that can provide a certain amount of repair, but not in the crowns. Other tissues in the human body can repair themselves, but teeth don’t have that same power.  So when a tooth becomes damaged, the only way to repair is through a dentist using caps, fillings or veneers. If a tooth needs to be replaced, the only option would be dentures or implants. You only get two sets of teeth in your life: baby teeth and your adult teeth that are supposed to last forever. Make sure to take good care of your teeth so they can last a lifetime!

  1. Healthy teeth can prevent tooth decay.

Getting regular checkups and keeping up with your dental hygiene can protect your teeth from bacteria and substances that cause decay and can weaken your teeth. There are more than 300 different types of bacteria that can attack your teeth. Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacks. Avoid carbohydrates such as candy, pretzels and chips, which can remain on the tooth surface. If sticky foods are eaten, brush your teeth soon afterwards.

Call our office to schedule your next cleaning or check up and ask questions about how you can avoid tooth decay and what food or drink choices are good for the overall health of your teeth!

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