Tooth enamel is precious. This thin outer layer of teeth is the strongest substance in the human body. Its purpose is to protect the softer structures of teeth from acid and cavity-causing bacteria. Permanent damage to enamel increases the risks for tooth decay and worn dentition. A dentist might treat enamel damage with a restoration to protect vulnerable teeth.
Tooth enamel cannot self-heal and damage to enamel is permanent. This is why it’s important to protect your teeth with healthy habits.
Following are helpful tips to help you protect your tooth enamel.
Brushing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine but improper brushing can do a lot of harm. If you brush too vigorously, for example, it can wear tooth enamel. When brushing, be sure to brush gently in circular motions. Let your toothbrush do the work for you rather than bearing down too hard on your teeth.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water does more than keep your body hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day helps neutralize acid and keep soft oral tissue moist. We recommend drinking at least 64 ounces of water throughout the day.
Avoid Acidic and Sugary Foods
Acidic and sugary foods are not a friend to your teeth. Foods high in acid strip the minerals out of tooth enamel while sugary foods literally feed harmful oral bacteria. Avoiding or limiting both sugar and acid will help protect your tooth enamel and keep oral bacteria in check.
Eat Foods High in Calcium
Teeth are comprised of minerals including calcium. Calcium intake can help your teeth the same way that calcium consumption helps your bone health. Dairy such as milk and cheese are rich in calcium but should be consumed in moderation because of their fat and cholesterol content. Vegetables such as broccoli and kale are great sources of calcium. Salmon and almonds are also great choices for calcium sources.
If you have questions about protecting your oral health, call Kozlow & Rowell Dentistry to reserve a consultation.