This post from Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township is about tooth enamel.
Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. It has the essential job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also guards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.
Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly extraordinary. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods can help, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.
At Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township the dental health of each patient is always our top priority. People from Washington Township, Macomb, and Lakeside come to our practice for general and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!
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