January 30, 2017
Even though your sparkling white teeth may look healthy, that doesn’t mean they necessarily are. Weak enamel is sometimes difficult to spot, but it can really take a bite out of your oral and overall health. Enamel can become weak or worn due to a variety of factors, including aggressive toothbrushing and frequent exposure to highly acidic foods and beverages. Tooth sensitivity is one symptom of enamel erosion — keep reading to learn more about how to strengthen your tooth enamel by making just a few small changes.
#1: Avoid the Demineralizers
Your teeth undergo two process as they come into contact with the foods and beverages you consume throughout the day: demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization strips your tooth enamel of the things it needs to stay strong, healthy, and whole. Items that demineralize the tooth enamel include…
- Sugary cereals
- Granola bars
- Crackers and cookies
- And other snacky foods
In general, any type of “simple carbohydrate,” i.e. the sugary snacks we all know aren’t that great for us, put your tooth enamel at risk of erosion. These sugars combine with the bacteria that’s already present in your mouth to eat away at the teeth, increasing your risk of sensitivity and decay.
#2: And Then Remineralize
Just like your teeth demineralize when exposed to simple sugars, upping your consumption of the right foods and beverages helps to replace the minerals that are lost throughout the day. Eating and drinking nutrient-rich items strengthens tooth enamel for a healthier, more beautiful smile. Make sure your diet includes the following nutritious items:
- Low fat dairy items (milk, yogurt, cheese, kefir)
- Whole grains
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Nuts and legumes
#3: Get Plenty of Fluoride
The mineral fluoride also provides significant protection against tooth decay. People who drink fluoridated tap water receive a boost of cavity-prevention daily. Choosing a toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association guarantees you’re brushing with fluoride, and adding a fluoride mouthwash can be a good additional step. Your dental hygienist can apply a quick fluoride treatment at the end of your regular checkup and cleaning if you need added protection.
#4: Maintain Good Dental Hygiene
To protect your tooth enamel, make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly. Brush your teeth (gently, to avoid erosion) for two minutes, twice a day. Floss between teeth daily to remove the plaque and bacteria your toothbrush leaves behind.
#5: Visit the Dentist Regularly
During a regular checkup and cleaning, your dentist will check in on your tooth enamel to make sure you’re not experiencing significant erosion due to poor dental hygiene habits or an imbalanced diet. We recommend patients of all ages visit the dentist every six months for regular preventive care.
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With the last step in mind, we’d like to ask — when was your last visit to Dr. David M. Weinman? Go ahead and book your first visit with the dentist in 07090 to enjoy strong, healthy teeth in 2017 and for years to come. Contact us today!
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