How Hard Is Tooth Enamel?

Gum Recession

Your teeth are amazing and the enamel that coats them is really strong! How strong is tooth enamel? To answer that question, we first need to answer what makes up tooth enamel?

The Components of Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is made up of a mineral form of calcium phosphate known as hydroxylapatite. In this state, the mineral is one of the strongest organic substances on Earth. Tooth enamel is actually harder to scratch than steel, but it does still chip and wear. So your teeth are still not meant to open things like bottles and packaging. Indeed, our teeth need regular care to maintain their strength.

Protecting Your Enamel

The American Dental Association (ADA) has a new campaign to encourage patients to make appointments for preventive dental care, because according to the ADA, “Teeth can last centuries, but decay can cause damage anytime.” Our Sacramento dental office is a proud to adhere to the standards of practice expected by the ADA. This means our Sacramento dentists provide the highest quality of care for our patients. So in addition to taking care of your teeth at home, keep your appointments with our Sacramento dentists and help your teeth last a lifetime!

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