Tooth enamel varies in the shade of it’s color and it may change over time. Its hard surface allows the enamel to protect the inner layers of the teeth from harmful bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. The surface of your teeth are harder than your bones. In fact, tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body. Because it is so important to keeping our teeth healthy we should do everything in our power to preserve our tooth enamel.
When tooth enamel begins to deteriorate or if it is cracked or chipped its protective level suffers. When this happens the dentin underneath is exposed. Dentin is much softer than enamel and so is more likely to assume the color of the foods and drinks that we consume.
Plaque and tartar seem to attract stains. Staining between the teeth is harder to remove. The only way to keep this from happening is to brush and floss on a daily basis and have your teeth professionally cleaned at regular six month intervals. Rinse with a disclosing solution after brushing to detect any plaque that may have been left behind.
A lot of people enjoy the feeling that they get by rinsing with a refreshing mouthwash. Using an antibacterial rinse can also help tooth enamel resist staining, giving you two results with one effort. The whitening potential of some mouthwashes may boost the resistance factor.
When you take the time and go to the trouble to take good care of your teeth you will no doubt want to keep the results that you have worked to achieve. But you don’t want to give up all of the foods and drinks that you love. There are ways to compromise. When you have a cola or a glass of iced tea for instance, drink through a straw to eliminate direct exposure to these stain producing agents.
The dental professionals at Spokane Valley Dentistry are ready to answer any questions you may have concerning your oral health. Call today @ 509-926-6261 in Spokane Valley, WA.