What is Enamel?

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You’ve probably seen it advertised on toothpaste that a certain brand will “strengthen tooth enamel.” Those same words also appear on bottles of mouthwash. But that raises the question of what enamel is, why it’s important, and whether or not you should be concerned about it.

To help clear things up, our team here at Blue Ribbon Dental in Germantown, Maryland put this piece together to answer those questions.

What is it?

Enamel is the hardest substance found in the human body, and it forms the outermost layer of your teeth. It’s responsible for protecting your teeth from cracks, chips, and most importantly, protecting the pulp (the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside each tooth).

Why does it matter?

Without enamel, your teeth would wear away fairly quickly. It keeps your teeth in good working order, keeps them healthy, and enables them to last as long as possible. It also prevents against tooth decay and cavities.

Should I worry about mine?

If you practice regular, good oral health habits, then your enamel is likely in great shape. However, if you don’t, you should probably contact Dr. Ronald Levine as soon as possible to schedule a consultation appointment. He can be reached at 301-540-8808.