Tooth enamel is like a protective shield covering your teeth. It can be chipped or worn away, and once it is gone, it does not grow back. It is imperative that you do everything you can to protect tooth enamel. Brushing twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste coupled with twice yearly visits with your dentist for cleaning and dental exam are minimum requirements. There are other things you can do.
Helpful Dental Tips
Watch Your Diet: Eating nutritious foods versus sugary snacks should be a priority. Foods high in Vitamin D and calcium like dairy products help maintain bone health and keep teeth strong.
Brushing: It’s more than just the act of brushing … the tools you use and your technique are very important. It is not necessary to scrub teeth to clean them sufficiently … a toothbrush with soft bristles is best. A hard bristle toothbrush and a strong hand can result in worn dental enamel as well as premature gum erosion.
Fluoride: Fluoride helps strengthen dental enamel. Tap water is an excellent source of fluoride as well as many of the foods we eat … if you drink only bottled water, your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments to help protect your teeth.
Dry Mouth: This is more than just aggravating. It can result in decay and the onset of gum disease. There are multiple products available to help promote saliva production. Talk to your dentist for a recommendation.
Teeth Grinding: This can become a habit. It often starts subconsciously during periods of sleep, but can become so ingrained that patients will grind their teeth throughout the day as well, not even realizing they are doing it. Grinding can lead to worn enamel, and even broken teeth.
Work With Your Dentist
Follow the instructions provided to help preserve precious dental enamel. Skip sipping soda … water is a far better choice. If you experience dry mouth, chewing sugar-free gum may help. If teeth grinding has begun, a mouthguard may provide a solution. And an electric toothbrush is a valuable investment. Most come with a timer reminding you to brush for two minutes. Finally, visit our dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam.