Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? Found on the outer surface of your teeth, your enamel should last a lifetime. But you still need to take care of it. From Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, here are some helpful tips for keeping enamel healthy.
1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks impair your teeth, and don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.
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. Also, 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 be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is important to ask your physician about treatment.
4. Talk to us about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major issue for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure we are aware if you observe either of these issues.
At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. That means strong enamel and pink, healthy gums. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!