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 meant to last a lifetime. At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandira, we remind you that while enamel is super strong, you have to take care of it!
Here are some tips for keeping enamel healthy.
1. Pick the right foods for enamel health. It’s no secret that soft drinks damage your teeth, but don’t think that diet sodas are harmless. Artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided, and chewing ice is a no-no. Never use your teeth as tools!
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, making it more prone to weakening from brushing.
3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This can erode enamel, so talk to your doctor about treatment.
4. Talk to us about dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major trouble for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure we’re aware if you see either of these issues.
At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we want all our patients to have healthy teeth with strong enamel. Brush and floss daily and see us for regular checkups! Services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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