Three facts why the hardest substance in our body needs more attention.
Protective shields are such a thing: if they work, they are self-perpetuating and we pay little attention to them. We only notice their existence when they no longer function. And then it is usually already too late. This is also the case with our tooth enamel. Only when the pain occurs do we become painfully aware of its existence.
Enemies and friends
It is the hardest substance in our body and yet it requires so much care: tooth enamel consists almost exclusively of the mineral calcium phosphate and trace elements such as magnesium and fluorine. The protective armour can withstand a lot, but it also has its sore points. Acid, for example.
Diseases such as reflux and bulimia have drastic effects on the tooth enamel. The stomach acid that comes up in these cases makes the tooth surface look «washed out», even as if it has been washed away.
But it is not only diseases that make the enamel sick, but also certain medicines such as some types of antibiotics. Even the healthy fluoride that is often added to toothpastes can have the opposite effect. Too much of it causes unsightly, permanent stains. Here, too, as everywhere else, the dosage makes the difference. Otherwise, a friend quickly becomes an enemy.
A momentous mistake
Bleeding gums are a nasty thing. Many people experience this effect when they floss for the first time. The result? The floss is put aside forever. But that is the wrong conclusion! Dr Hannah Selzner, dentist and medical advisor at Swissdent, clarifies: «Bleeding gums are a sign that you have inflammation and should floss even more often!»
For those still shaking their heads in disbelief at this point, interdental brushes are a good compromise. These are also good for cleaning the interdental spaces and come in different sizes.
Swissdent has developed a groundbreaking technology that hardens the tooth enamel and refills small cracks in the tooth enamel. Thanks to controlled remineralisation, enamel crystals are replenished in the tooth structure, repairing the tooth surface. All you have to do is brush your teeth regularly and well!