Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! This substance, found on the outer surface of your teeth, is strong enough to last a lifetime. But just because it’s strong doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to take care of it. Here are some tips on teeth and general dentistry.
1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth. Don’t think that diet sodas are harmless: artificial sweeteners can erode enamel just like sugar.
On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and safeguard your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!
2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. It’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to weakening from brushing.
3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is vital to speak with your doctor about treatment.
4. Talk to your dentist about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major problem for tooth enamel, and it shouldn’t be surprising that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure your dentist is aware if you observe either of these issues.
At Doctor Dennis J. Coleman DDS, in Davidson NC, we want our patients to have the best oral health possible. Strong enamel health is an important part of that. We love helping our patients achieve the beautiful smile they want with cosmetic dentistry procedures, like veneers and dental implants. We also provide restorative and general dentistry. Call us today to make an appointment.
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The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-2/tooth-enamel-damage, accessed on September 18, 2013