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Protecting Your Tooth Enamel

Ever wonder what is your bodies’ strongest substance? Believe it or not, it’s your tooth enamel. This superhero protects your teeth against erosion, temperature extremes and damage, preventing the onset of tooth decay. Unfortunately, your tooth enamel has its kryptonite and can be compromised. However, with the proper hygiene routines, your tooth enamel can continue to save the day for years to come.

How Does Tooth Enamel Work?

The enamel on your teeth works as a shield to protect them from outside irritants, keeping them strong and healthy. Prolonged exposure to damaging elements can cause small holes or breaks in this outer layer, enabling acids to get into the tooth and cause damage and sensitivity issues. Enamel is clear, although it can be stained by red wine, coffee, tea, tobacco and other substances. Regular cleanings by your dentist can remove most of these stains.

What Can Damage Your Enamel

Plaque bacteria in your mouth uses sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that attack your enamel. Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda, are already acidic and naturally bad for your teeth. Also be wary of:

  • Acidic foods, including tomatoes
  • Sugary and sticky foods
  • Acid reflux
  • Binge drinking
  • Dry mouth
  • Teeth grinding

Once your tooth enamel is gone, it can’t be replaced. This can leave your teeth vulnerable to damage that might cause sensitivity, pain or even tooth loss. It’s important to know how to recognize the beginning of enamel loss so you can take steps to protect your teeth. 

Warning Signs of Enamel Loss:

If you notice significant changes in your tooth appearance, you may want to ask your dentist about possible enamel loss. Signs of possible tooth enamel loss that you may not be aware of include:

  • Changes in the color of your teeth, such as yellow or overly shiny teeth
  • Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures or sweetness
  • Rough edges or indentations on the surface of your teeth

If you’re beginning to lose the enamel on some of your teeth, it’s important to take steps right away to protect your oral health.

Protect Your Tooth Enamel 

While a certain amount of enamel is lost due to aging, a good oral care routine can keep your teeth strong and healthy. Regular brushing and flossing are the first line of defense against enamel loss. It’s also important to see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning.  Keeping your enamel strong and healthy promotes gum health and fends off tooth decay and tooth loss. In addition, a healthy mouth is a key factor in maintaining your overall health. 

Long Term Solutions
Your smile is important, and a regimen of good dental habits can keep that smile going for years. Healthy, happy smiles can be found at LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore where you’ll find premier dental care in a relaxing, anxiety-free environment. Dr. Mitchmore and his staff help you on your way to your best smile with corrective treatments or implants. Contact us today.


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Sally May-Frankum
Dental Hygienist

Sally’s favorite part about working with the team at LifeSmiles is the fun she has with her co-workers. Additionally, she appreciates working with Dr. Randy Mitchmore because much like her, he values whole-body health for his patients. She’s proud to be part of a team that does such high quality work.

Outside of the office: Sally enjoys being with her children and grandchildren and uses writing as a creative outlet. On the weekends, she can be found doing all things outdoors including hiking and biking.


Bucket List: Going to Europe, exploring every US state, and zip-lining.

Hero: The Highest Power of them all!

Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.

Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Elite Care and Education Specialist

Smiling is contagious

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.

Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith

Sandra is 44 years old and is a star athlete for the Special Olympics. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics and won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!) in 2020. She sings in her church choir and attends international performances with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.