What is the hardest substance in your body? The answer is tooth enamel. The enamel makes up the hard shell of each of your teeth. Subject to much wear and tear, tooth enamel can even be harder than your bones. Even though it is tough, enamel does have its enemies.
The Hard Stuff
Tooth enamel is the part of each tooth that you see when you look in the mirror. Its purpose is to help you chew and grind your food while protecting the interiors of your teeth which are full of nerves. In addition to being a protector, it is an insulator that protects your teeth from feeling the effects of hot and cold foods and drinks. Even though tooth enamel is the super strong protective coating of your teeth, it can be damaged. So what could harm the hardest substance in your body? An energy drink can.
Even though tooth enamel is tough, it can easily be damaged by decay. This happens when acid and its corresponding bacteria come into prolonged contact with your teeth. The energy drinks are full of acids that can dissolve tooth enamel, and the sugar included in these drinks is a prime draw for tooth-damaging bacteria.
Consequences of Damage
Weaknesses in your tooth enamel from erosion and decay can make your teeth susceptible to cracking and chipping. If your tooth enamel totally breaks under the strain, you have an unsightly problem that hurts even more. You may feel pain when you eat or drink, especially if it is extra cold, hot, or sweet.
Try to limit the amount of energy drinks that you consume to help safeguard your teeth. If you are experiencing these problems, do not hesitate to contact a trusted dentist to assess the damage and formulate a treatment plan. Waiting to address the problem can spell trouble for your overall dental health.
The practice’s primary dentist, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, began practicing dentistry in 2009. While getting her dental degree she was awarded the Dr. William Starek Award for outstanding achievement in endodontics and the Dr. Donald McElroy Endodontic award for extra work in endodontics and professional behavior. With her knowledge and experience, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and the entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. The dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help your children learn the importance of proper dental hygiene. Call us today for a free consultation (215) 874-0888.