I’m sure you know what the hardest naturally occurring substance in the world is. Diamonds, of course! This seems to be common knowledge, but do you know what the second hardest naturally occurring substance is? I’ll give you a clue. It’s white, protective, and is located in your body.
Any guesses? It’s tooth enamel, of course! It’s true; your tooth enamel is incredibly hard and is an unbeatable protector for your teeth. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry, and I want to tell you all about this amazing stuff.
Tooth enamel is the hard, white substance covering each of your teeth, and it is your smile’s natural defense system. In addition to protecting your teeth, tooth enamel helps to regulate how your teeth feel temperature. It is filled with tiny tunnels that connect the nerve in the tooth to the root. While there is no real substitute for tooth enamel, scientists have discovered ways to promote growth of natural enamel. Eventually, this will make dental fillings and drilling obsolete. Like I said, it’s amazing!
No matter how strong it is, tooth enamel isn’t invincible. After you eat or drink, acids temporarily soften your tooth enamel, making it vulnerable. This allows sugars and other harmful bacteria to stick to the teeth. Fortunately, your saliva is designed to step in and re-strengthen your tooth enamel. This is just one more example of how closely everything in your mouth works together, and how important it is to have regular dental check-ups to make sure that everything is healthy and doing their job.
For more information about the power of your tooth enamel, or to schedule an appointment, please call my office in Lake Orion, Michigan at (248) 693-6213.
The dental world has made great strides in the past few decades. Thanks to recent technological advances, it is now easier than ever to get dental work done and get the results you want. I’m Dr. Brad Greenfield, and I’m proud to offer my patients quality dental care using the most up-to-date training and technology.
One of the services that I offer right here at Lake Orion Family Dentistry is metal-free dentistry. Although the ADA says that the level of mercury in amalgam (traditional) fillings is safe, my team and I take no chances when it comes to your health. In fact, we believe it’s better both physically and cosmetically that your mouth contains no metal at all.
If you had a cavity when you were a kid, you probably got it filled with a traditional amalgam filling, which were initially developed from a combination of silver, zinc, copper, tin, and mercury. Unfortunately, these fillings can weaken over time, often causing leakage and damage to the tooth underneath. In addition to these problems that can occur from everyday wear and tear, as well as potential toxicity, metal fillings detract from a beautiful smile. (more…)
With the holidays behind us and still 3 more months of winter ahead I am sure you are scrambling to come up with things to do with the kids and teenagers alike. Did you know that the Orion Township Public Library has a jam packed schedule of free events for kids, teens and adults?
Kids can attend story time, watch movies and hear children’s authors read their new works. Teen have a full range of activities such as computer classes, cake decorating and video game sessions. Adult book clubs, parenting classes and tax help is also available. There is even an outdoor Snow man, Castle, Fort Making Contest that the entire family can take part in on January 29th!
Lose weight. Eat healthier. Manage your money better. Spend more time with family, on education, reading… Spend less time in front of the television, computer, smart phone. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, I’m sure you have the best of intentions to make it happen. Truth is, only 30% of women will keep their resolution past 30 days, and most guys won’t last two days. But what if you make a resolution for self improvement, and you don’t have to work at it diligently to make it happen?
Let’s think for a moment about your mouth. (more…)
Acid erosion sounds pretty doggone bad, but most people don’t even know what it is. As a dentist, it’s my job to tell you!
First of all, acid erosion occurs when acidic substances come in contact with tooth enamel. The acid causes tooth enamel to soften and release valuable minerals. Over time, saliva neutralizes acids, re-mineralizes tooth structure, and, thus, re-hardens tooth enamel. Problem is, if acid comes in contact with teeth again, before saliva’s restoration powers have worked their magic, the tooth cannot recover. Enamel wears down (we call this tooth structure loss or TSL), and the sensitive underlying layer of dentin can become exposed. Repeated acid attacks can result in thinner tooth enamel, possible change in tooth appearance, small cracks on edges of teeth, and mild to extreme tooth sensitivity. TSL can also increase the risk for cavities.
A food or beverage’s acidity is measured by its pH level, which can range from 1 (acidic) to 14 (alkaline or basic). Tooth enamel begins to dissolve when in contact with substances that have a 5.5 or lower pH. Dentin erodes at a pH of 6.5 or lower. (more…)