What is tooth enamel and how to take care of it

  • By Laura Burgess

Tooth enamel protects your teeth from damage by external factors but once enamel is damaged, it can’t repair itself. Therefore, it’s essential to take good care of your enamel to future-proof your smile. In this article, we'll outline some crucial steps you can take every day to take good care of your teeth and maintain healthy enamel. Although we can offer advice and tips, if you are worried about your tooth enamel, or notice any changes to your teeth, be sure to contact your dentist.

What is tooth enamel?

Tooth enamel is the white to off-white visible part of your tooth and is one of the three major tissues that make up your teeth. It is a very hard, highly mineralised tissue layer, designed to be the protective barrier for the tissues beneath.

What is enamel made of?

What’s in enamel? It’s mostly minerals – 96% of enamel is made up of minerals, with the other 4% being water and organic materials.

How to maintain strong enamel 

Maintaining your tooth enamel with good oral hygiene is important as your enamel is under attack every day, which happens to people of all ages. It’s best to include tooth care as part of your daily beauty routine, to ensure you never forget to keep your healthy smile in the best condition.

As part of your daily self-care regime, start using Regenerate’s Advanced Toothpaste. When used regularly, it is clinically proven to increase your teeth’s natural micro hardness. This is due to the new patented technology capable of regenerating the enamel mineral1 content, reversing enamel erosion and keeping your smile sparkling with its natural whiteness.

For added strength, Regenerate’s Advanced Enamel Serum can help to reverse the early erosion process caused by modern diets and lifestyles. The unique and clinically proven serum has been shown to boost the effects of Regenerate toothpaste by up to 43%.2 In combination with the Advanced Toothpaste, the Advanced Enamel Serum provided significant increase in enamel hardness, with 82%3 recovery of enamel hardness after 3 days.


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How to protect tooth enamel

There are a few key steps and lifestyle changes that can help you to protect your tooth enamel.

  • Reduce your intake of acidic drinks and foods including fizzy drinks, citrus fruits, juices, and sour sweets. 
  • Drink water after eating acidic foods.
  • Use a straw when drinking fizzy drinks and fruit juices to bypass the teeth.
  • Eat milk or cheese at the end of a meal to cancel out acids you may have ingested.
  • Use a soft toothbrush, brushing gently in a circular motion.
  • Leave at least 30 minutes between ingesting acidic foods or drinks before brushing your teeth, as they soften enamel and make it prone to damage from your toothbrush. 

Now that we’ve answered your questions about what enamel is and shared tips and products for looking after your teeth, you can rest assured your teeth will be in good condition.

¹Acts on early invisible stages of enamel erosion by restoring its mineral content and micro-hardness with regular use. Clinically proven.
²As demonstrated in a 3-day in vitro test measuring enamel micro hardness: Combined use of Advanced toothpaste and Advanced serum vs. Advanced toothpaste only.
³Based on an in-vitro test measuring enamel hardness after 3 days combined use of Toothpaste and Serum.

The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice; it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist If you are experiencing any gum or tooth problems.


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