The tooth enamel is the hardest part of the tooth, and it is the term given to the outer most covering of the teeth. It is the tooth enamel that protects the softer inner parts of the teeth. Unfortunately, this hard substance is destroyed very easily, leading to what is known as tooth decay.
According to a leading Basildon dentist, it is the habits and practices that a person has that contribute to the decay of his or her teeth. It is a well known fact that sugar is one of the worst culprits in this case, and any foods or drinks that contain sugar have to be quickly washed down with water so that the sticky sugars cannot remain on the teeth where they turn into acids that break down the surface. Smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products also contributes to tooth decay. The outer covering of the tooth can even be destroyed as a result of gastrointestinal reflux which causes stomach acids to come into the mouth.
Poor dental hygiene is another cause, and people do not trouble to brush and floss regularly are sure to have their tooth enamel destroyed. However, it should be noticed that people who brush their teeth with excessive force can also destroy this outer covering of their teeth. Another very common reason is the grinding of teeth during sleep.
Anybody who does even one of these actions has to stop it immediately because once tooth enamel has been destroyed, it cannot restore itself, thereby making the loss permanent. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.