What is both as brittle as glass, and the hardest material in your body? Your tooth enamel! Each time you bite, it handles the equivalent of 80 kilograms of pressure. Think about how often you’ve bitten down during your lifetime – isn’t that crazy?
The tooth enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth, built to protect the softer dentine layer and your super-sensitive pulp inside the tooth.
How Enamel Handles The Pressure
It’s an engineering wonder. Enamel consists of a thick forest of long rods. These rods start crossing each other as they go farther into the tooth, distributing the pressure.
Nature’s Pattern For Strength
The same concept inspired a group of scientists to create glass that is 200 times stronger than average!
Enamel Deals With Pressure – But Not Erosion!
Enamel is super strong, but it doesn’t deal as well with acid and bacteria. It needs your help with that – by following a healthy diet and maintaining your oral healthcare routine, you can help your teeth fight off erosion.
4 Ways Your Enamel Can Get Worn:
- Acid breakdown (usually from acidic and sugary drinks like soda, fruit juices, and sports drinks).
- Abrasion from rough brushing and tooth-whitening toothpaste.
- Bad habits, especially tooth-grinding.
- Eating High sugar-and-starch diets
Your Enamel Is Finite So Look After It
As amazing as your enamel is, it’s one of the parts of your body that can’t regenerate itself as it’s one of the only parts of your body not comprised of living cells. Protect your enamel by brushing daily, flossing, and visiting your dentist at regular intervals.