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The hard, outer layer that protects your teeth against tooth decay is called tooth enamel. And even though tooth enamel is widely considered the hardest mineral substance in the human body — even tougher than bone — it still has some vulnerability.

Beverage such as fruit smoothies and sodas contain citric acid, which is tough on your teeth. The quantity and frequency of acid exposure are only two concerns, but a third problem is how long your teeth are subjected to an acidic onslaught. So, follow your sweet drink with a glass of water or by simply rinsing your mouth.

Your teeth break up food very well, but they can easily get damaged if you chew on non-food items, such as ice, pens and pencils, clothing tags, fingernails and all the other things moms tell their kids to keep out of their mouths. Save your teeth for chewing things that can nourish your body.

And along the lines of only chewing food, you should avoid grinding your teeth together, as well. If you clench your teeth when you’re feeling stressed, you can fracture your enamel, damage your jaws and even wreak havoc on your tooth alignment.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for a healthy mouth and smile. But it’s important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and it’s imperative that you brush gently.

Preserve and protect your tooth enamel, because it’s the protector of your smile. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 208-667-1578.