A tooth has 3 major parts- the crown, the pulp and the root. A tooth is made up of 95% minerals; mainly calcium and phosphorus that stick together to form hard crystal, 4% water, and 1% protein.
It is the layered structure of the enamel, dentin, and pulp, that form the tooth. Tooth enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth which is normally visible to us.
Do you know?
Tooth enamel is the strongest and hardest part of the entire human body. That’s interesting…
What makes enamel so strong? It’s actually minerals that bind together to provide enough strength to protect the teeth and to maintain a white & bright smile.
Best Irving dentist says that enamel can erode away if you are not properly taking care of your teeth. Oral hygiene and eating habits can cause your enamel to erode away leaving your teeth a light yellow, grey or blue-like color. Therefore, to maintain the strength of tooth enamel, we recommend daily vitamins and a mineral-rich diet to protect your teeth from erosion.
Here is a list of recommended essential nutrients by the dentist in Irving Tx:
Calcium- Calcium is the main mineral for stronger teeth. You can find an abundance of calcium from dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. Non-dairy products also have a good quantity of calcium in it like leafy green vegetables, beans, lentils, almonds, dried fruit, seafood, tofu, chia seeds, sesame seeds, salmon, cornmeal, and whey protein.
Phosphorous- It also plays a vital role in oral health as it assists in rebuilding tooth enamel. Phosphorus is found in protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.
Vitamin D- It is also imperative as it improves mineral density and helps to absorb, carry and deposit calcium in bones in order to provide support and strength to your teeth. Sun is the ultimate source of vitamin D, you can get this from other resources as well like fatty fish, soy milk, orange juice, and cereals.
Vitamin A- To get healthy gums and strong tooth enamel, Vitamin A lends a helping hand. There are many food items that are vitamin A rich like sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, carrots, cod liver oil, kale, spinach, etc.
Doctor Kimberly Harper at Smiles of Irving specializes in various tooth related problems. If you are currently suffering from teeth discoloration, give us a call and we can help you get your desired bright smile.