What Part of the Tooth is Enamel?
The enamel is the first layer of the tooth that is visible in the mouth, it is a porous, calcified substance made from crystalline calcium phosphate. Enamel appears to be a soft beige to white color, yet it is semi-translucent allowing the color of the dentin layer to penetrate through. Enamel is also the hardest substance in the body.
Enamel is prone to demineralization, or also called loss of structure. Common causes of this are erosion the wearing and loss of enamel by acid in foods and beverages, and abrasion the wearing or loss of enamel from a mechanical source, such as a tooth brush or excessive use of abrasive tooth whitening paste.
Both factors may result in tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Fluoride has been proven to remineralize and strengthen the enamel, along with the use of the proper brushing and flossing techniques.
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