Are Our Teeth More Fragile Than They Seem? In a word, YES!

Juno Beach Cosmetic Dentist
Our teeth are designed for a lifetime of wear and tear, however, they do have their limitations. There is a certain threshold in which tooth enamel can be produced and used for "repairs" by our bodies, but this is only to a minimal degree. Beyond a certain point, just about any damage caused to teeth becomes irreparable by natural means. The most obvious reason for this problem is, simply put, that most substances are just too hard for our teeth to chew through.

We know that the human body is capable of producing two separate set of teeth due to natural human growth of the body and head, but not more than two. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to supply new teeth in the place of ones that have been damaged or removed? It would be safe to assume that it is biologically possible, especially given the fact that the human body does produce two separate full set of teeth over its lifespan.

That problem is that the second set of teeth we grow is meant to last a lifetime. Interestingly, the only element capable of damaging or deteriorating teeth by natural means, is the actual consumption of the food itself. We are of course referring to the acidic bacteria found within the foods we eat. Several types of edible food consumed by humans are capable of damaging tooth enamel to critical levels within a pretty short period of time. What went on before the invention of the toothbrush and various dental cleaning methods, one might ponder? Why haven't humans evolved in the past tens of thousands of years to the point where repairing or re-growing teeth is naturally occurring? Good question. No great answer!

Because unfortunately, we don’t get a third set of teeth, we must be careful with our adult teeth, our last natural pair. And, because our teeth are more fragile than they may seem, we recommend that you protect yourself by taking these preventative measures against the following oral health risks:

  • Avoid giant pieces of hard candy or foods that can fracture or split your teeth. Be especially aware of any hard food products you are consuming.
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco are both equally destructive and can stain your teeth, promote tooth decay, as well as seriously elevate your chance for gum disease. So, don’t develop a smoking habit or a tobacco chewing habit.
  • Avoid chewing ice. Even though chewing ice may seem safe and healthy as it is only frozen water, the reality is that you can easily chip or crack your teeth on ice cubes.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and foods as much as possible. Bacteria build up on your teeth is what we call plaque. Plaque can transform the sugar from foods and drinks into destructive acids that can eat through tooth enamel and cause cavities.
  • Never use your teeth to open soda cans or bottles. Doing so can fracture your teeth very easily.

We Invite You to Contact Our Office

If you need a check-up or a professional cleaning, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patrick Smith, your cosmetic dentist in Juno Beach, Florida. Our office can be reached at (561) 694-9000.. We are committed to keeping your smile beautiful for many years to come.

 

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT!

Interesting Dental Facts

  • 83% of people believe their teeth are more important to their appearance than hat, hair and eyes.
  • More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
  • In 1994 a prison inmate in West Virginia braided dental floss into a row, scaled the wall & escaped.
  • Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over age 35.
  • If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
  • Dolphins use their teeth to grab only, not to chew, as dolphins' jaws have no muscles.
  • 61% of adults are attracted to somebody by their smile alone.
  • In 1905, dental assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first dental hygienist.

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