Our Novato Dentist Outlines Common Threats to Dental Enamel

Written by Dr. McConnell on Dec 5, 2023

When you are able to maintain healthy and strong dental enamel, you greatly decrease your likelihood of developing oral health problems, like cavities and gum disease, over time. Keep reading to get more information about the ways that dental enamel becomes damaged…


When oral bacteria are able to infect your teeth and gums, they create cavities and periodontal disease, respectively. If left untreated these infections will spread and intensify, ultimately leading to tooth loss and gum tissue recession. Brushing and flossing your smile as recommended by your dentist will help to minimize bacterial levels so that your dental tissues stay healthy.


When dental enamel comes into contact with acidic materials, it becomes softer, and thus more vulnerable to damage and infection. The good news is that water and natural saliva work to remineralize enamel post-acid exposure, but this takes time (about twenty to thirty minutes). That is why our Novato dentists strongly encourage patients to refrain from brushing their teeth right after eating or drinking. 


We can’t completely isolate ourselves from accidents and dental trauma, but we can take reasonable steps to protect our smiles. If, for example, you play contact or extreme sports, talk to your dental team about wearing a personalized protective mouthguard. You can also minimize your risk of developing cracked and chipped enamel by treating bruxism and avoiding chewing on ice and hard candies. 

If you want more information about protecting your smile and maintaining healthy dental enamel, our Novato dentists are here to help. Please feel free to call our team to schedule a personal consultation!