Tooth Enamel: Hard But Fragile

Monday, March 31, 2014
It is important to us that our patients in Delaware County understand how to properly take care of their teeth. Tooth Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body but it can also be easily broken if not treated with care. Biting down on something equally solid as your teeth can cause damage. Ice cubes and popcorn kernels are two of the most common culprits of damaging tooth enamel. For example, biting down on a popcorn kernel is similar to trying to bite a rock. Needless to say, it is not good for your teeth. Mouth jewelry such as tongue or lip piercings can also crack or chip your teeth. Along with potentially causing damage to your teeth, these types of jewelry commonly harbor bacteria which can lead to several other health problems.

Grinding your teeth is also something that can be very damaging to your mouth. This puts stress both on your teeth as well as your jawbone. During the day, clenching and grinding puts 200 pounds per square inch of pressure on not only your teeth but your periodontal ligaments, fibers and alveolar bone as well. This can even put you at risk for developing periodontal disease if not prevented.

Call our office at (740) 363-8240 to set up your next appointment. For more information about how to protect your teeth, visit our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.  

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