Protect yourself from your worst enemies

The idea that good teeth depend exclusively on good dental hygiene is a bit wrong. Other types of care and precautions are required for the teeth, in addition to the prevention and treatment of caries, the care of the health of the gums and orthodontic treatments to correct defects and malformations in the teeth and / or in the bite.

The outer layer of the teeth is known as enamel and is formed by a tissue that by the way is the hardest in the human body. This layer has a variable thickness depending on the area of ‚Äč‚Äčeach tooth. Towards the cusps or crowns is where the thickest layer is and it gets thinner as it descends towards the root. The thickness of this layer in its thickest part can be up to about 3 mm in the previous or frontal pieces and of about 2 or 2.5 mm in the posterior ones.

Take care of your tooth enamel

The enamel is constituted mainly by calcium but it is not the only element that forms it. Most is an inorganic compound and it is estimated that only a part less than 10% is organic matter and water. It has a cellular structure with special characteristics, among which it stands out the fact that it does not regenerate, so the teeth, once they are damaged, either by decay or other reasons, it is necessary to eliminate the decay and / or restore them to prevent deterioration from continuing.

We all know that sugars are great enemies of tooth enamel, but they are not the only ones. This is very important since being careful with what we eat, with a view to better dental health, does not only mean not eating sweets and sugary foods. As we all know, the digestive process begins in the mouth, with salivation. Many of the foods we eat, even if they are not sweet, leave residues in our teeth. These residues, in combination with saliva, change their chemical composition and can leave traces of sugars and other substances that gradually build up scaling encrustations deteriorate the enamel of the teeth, either because they produce chemical reactions resulting in acids or other substances abrasives, or because they favor the proliferation of the bacteria that cause the decay.

Among the main foods that if not consumed in moderation and practiced good oral hygiene can cause damage to the tooth enamel include some citrus fruits such as lemon. This does not mean that they should stop eating, since on the other hand they provide great health benefits. The ideal is to drink them with straw and place this so that the juice does not come in contact with the teeth. Once it has been finished, a good oral hygiene is recommended.

Carbonated drinks and / or bottled soft drinks are extremely harmful for the teeth because they contain high amounts of sugars and acids, which can be very abrasive for tooth enamel, so it is recommended to abstain as much as possible.

Alcohol is harmful to the body in general and to teeth and gums in particular as it significantly reduces the production of saliva, which can cause irritation inside the mouth but at first impression is imperceptible. This leaves teeth and gums in a highly vulnerable situation. It is recommended to drink plenty of water and properly clean the mouth after consuming it.

Foods preserved in vinegar, as is the case with pickles, should be done in moderation since the acids and salts used in their preparation are highly aggressive to tooth enamel.

You must always keep in mind that the damage that you can cause all these enemies of your teeth you will not notice from one day to another. Keep in mind that the teeth will last your whole life, but without the necessary care the damage will appear in an imperceptible way. By the time you realize the damage will be very advanced.