Have you ever wondered about your tooth enamel. What is it? Should you protect it? Is it important?
Enamel is the hardest material in your body. It covers the outer layer of your tooth and is what you see when you look at your teeth. Enamel is made up mostly of minerals, primarily hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite is defined as a natural calcium mineral and an essential ingredient of normal bone and teeth. It can be various colors from light yellow to a grayish white.
Enamel is very important in protecting your teeth from decay, so it’s important to do all you can to keep your enamel from eroding. It helps protect your teeth from sensitive things, such as hot and cold foods or beverages.
Your body cannot make more enamel to replace it if it is destroyed. Enamel does not contain any living cells, so unlike your bones, cannot regenerate. That’s why it’s important to do all you can to protect it.
Avoiding hard candies or those with lots of sugar and high acidic foods are a couple of ways to help. Also, regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and visiting Dr. Brogdon for regular cleanings and check ups.
Braces are used to treat malocclusion (where your teeth are crowded or crooked) or if you have a bad bite. In some case your teeth are not crooked but your upper and lower jaw doesn’t line up correctly. Whatever the problem, braces may be a good alternative for you.
Many people get braces when they are young. It’s a good idea for your child to get a dental evaluation by the age of 7 when the adult teeth begin to come in. The best results are had when started at an early age, but the process usually begins between the ages of 8 and 14.
Even as an adult is is not too late to achieve a better smile. It may take a little longer, but will be worth the time in the long run.
While you have braces it’s important to eat healthy. By avoiding too much sugary food, you can avoid plaque build-up around your braces that could permanently stain or damage your teeth. Also, foods such as popcorn, corn on the cob, chewing gum, whole apples, and other sticky foods like caramel and candies should not be eaten.
Its’ never too late to achieve the best smile possible. Call us today to find out more about what braces can do for you or your child.
As 2017 comes to an end, we at Brogdon Dental would like all our patients to know how much we have appreciated the opportunity to be of service to you and your families. If we have put a smile on your face where you didn’t have one before we are truly thankful.
We look forward to more smiles in 2018!
Here are some more fun facts about teeth from 123dentist.com…
- The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
- No two people have the same set of teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.
- Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
- If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.
- Toothpicks are the object most often choked on by Americans.
Our patients are wonderful people! Here are some of the recent comments they made concerning their visit… Enjoy!
Dr. Brogdon has been my dentist for over 20 years and I feel lucky to have him and his staff taking care of my dental needs. He keeps up with the latest techniques and always answers any questions I may have in a clear manner. Thomas G.
I’ve been going to Dr. Brogdon’s office for many years! Dr. Brogdon, Bethany, and Tina are amazingnous! I highly recommend them for ALL of your dental needs. They are so warm, friendly, kind, compassionate, and “baby” you when necessary. I LOVE you guys! Thank you so much for being who you are & for being the VERY BEST dentist in Chattanooga! Signed: A very Happy, Healthy, & Pretty SMILE
I’ve been going to Brogdon Dental since moving to Chattanooga 24 years ago. I picked them out of the phone book because they were close to home and feel that I lucked out tremendously which is why I’ve never changed dental professionals ever since. I’ve had fillings as well as crowns over the years and have never, ever had a problem. The staff has always been wonderful, approachable and appreciative of our (my husband goes here too) business. I’ve never felt more confident that our dental needs will successfully be met with Dr. Brogdon and Angela (our hygienist) . He keeps up with all new techniques and advances in dentistry. If Brogdon Dental weren’t top notch, we wouldn’t have stuck with them for 24 years even though now we live some distance away. Evelyn G.
Enjoyed my office visit. Very helpful and courteous staff. Wait time was minimal. Office is very clean and over all service I would rate 5 out of 5. Karen L.
No waiting…..prompt…..no pain…..efficient and extremely courteous !! Still Love Brogden Dental…..over 20 years now…..!!! Billy M.
This is just a sampling of the great comments we receive. If you haven’t given us a try, why not call our office today? We have great dentists, hygienists and office staff waiting to serve you. Brogdon Dental 423-870-5698 Dr. Joseph Brogdon and Dr. Joshua McKinney. Show the love!
2016 is almost over and as we look back over the past year, we all have experienced losses and additions. Through it all, we are thankful for our loyal patients who have been with us. Without all you we wouldn’t be here. Here’s wishing you wonderful days ahead for the new year. We love your smiles! See you in 2017.
There are many reasons to see your dentist for dental cleanings and its not just to keep your smile looking bright. One of those reasons could be your breath.
Some of the causes of bad breath include:
- Food We Eat
- Infrequent Brushing and Flossing
- Oral Diseases and Infections
- Dry Mouth
- Cigarette Smoking
- Medical Conditions
Some of the things you can do to prevent bad breath is to brush and floss at least two times a day, especially after a meal that contains foods that are known to cause bad breath. Also consider the use of a tongue scraper. Rinse thoroughly with water or mouthwash afterwards.
If your bad breath is caused by smoking, take steps to stop. This can also help combat periodontal disease. If you experience dry mouth, try sipping water throughout the day and during meals. Chew sugar-free gum or dissolve sugar-free candy in your mouth to help produce more saliva.
Gum, mints, mouthwashes and breath sprays are just temporary measures to mask your bad breath. Make sure that you call our office at Brogdon Dental to schedule an appointment for a complete examination of your teeth and gums and a thorough cleaning by our hygienist. We recommend you visit our office every six months for routine cleaning.