How to Keep Our Enamel Strong for Our Entire Lives
Posted on 3/15/2020 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Marilyn Monroe once said, “A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear,” and even for men, a good smile is important. Because of this, we take extraordinary measures to take care of our teeth like flossing, brushing two times a day, and visiting our dentist at least twice a year.
However, keeping the enamel on our teeth nice and white can be hard. You'll want to follow these tips to keep your enamel strong and healthy.
What You Eat is What You Get
If you want to keep your enamel strong, don't eat or drink things that could weaken it. Sugary foods and beverages, and acidic fruits cause the most damage to your tooth enamel. When these substances stick on your teeth and combine with the bacteria in your mouth, it produces lactic acid, which can damage your enamel. The American Dental Association (ADA) also promotes foods that promote saliva flow, which helps maintain the pH level in your mouth preventing acid production. Also, don't forget to stay hydrated because it moisturizes the mouth and keeps it from getting dry.
Your Actions are Greater than Your Tooth Decay
Your actions toward preventing tooth decay are essential on keeping your enamel strong, such as practicing good oral hygiene habits. Avoid brushing your teeth too forcefully and don't use toothbrushes with very hard bristles as it can break down enamel all by itself. The right way of brushing your teeth involves brushing all areas of your mouth including your tongue.
Moreover, use toothpaste and mouthwash that contain fluoride because it will strengthen your enamel and make your teeth resistant to acid damage. You can also look out for indications of enamel erosion, such as tooth discoloration, cracks and chips, and tooth sensitivity ranging from mild to severe.
Enamel is an important substance that deserves to be taken care of. Always remember, it is important to have a regular professional cleaning and checkups. To learn more about how to keep our enamel strong and healthy, contact our office.