If Enamel is So Strong, Why Are Teeth High-Maintenance?

December 2, 2022

When faced with the prospect of getting a root canal, many patients express dread and disappointment in their own teeth. You live a healthy lifestyle, brush twice daily, and floss once a day. How did your teeth still manage to get in bad shape?

While there is no simple answer for the ever expanding life question: “why do bad things happen to good people”. We can help you understand a little more about the importance of dental health. Root canals deal with the inside of your tooth. Even if your dental hygiene routine is flawless, you still need to see a dentist to catch problems you can’t see.

Teeth are amazing! The enamel on your teeth is the strongest substance your body produces. This strength doesn’t make them impervious to decay. That is why teeth require daily care and routine checkups by a dentist.

Enamel is Super Strong.

Teeth hold a strong five on a Mohs scale of hardness. For reference: diamonds are 10 on this scale. Yet it is still a bad idea to chew on ice. The hardness of ice depends on how cold it is.

Let’s make this even more confusing. Your enamel is strong enough to stand up against metal silverware without getting chipped, but try to use your teeth to perform a task, like opening a jar, and you stand a serious risk of breaking a tooth.

Your enamel is designed for one purpose. That purpose is to help nourish your body by beginning the breakdown process of all the foods you eat.

Why take care of my Enamel?

After childhood, you only get one set of natural teeth. Take care of them.

Good dental hygiene isn’t just for your teeth. Your dental health has an affect on the rest of your overall health.

The bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay can get into your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. On top of that, a painful bite might deter you from eating healthy foods. Poor dental hygiene has been linked to cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, oral cancer, and more.

Bad breath has also been known to affect your social skills. You don’t know it, but those around you can’t get away fast enough. While most of the bacteria that causes bad breath is on your tongue, decay and gum disease do their share in ruining a perfectly good conversation.