6 Simple Ways On How To Keep Your Tooth Enamel Strong
Your smile is important.
It's the first thing people notice when they see you.
A good smile can brighten a room and change someone else's mood entirely.
A smile can even be noticed while talking on the phone.
Because of this, we take outstanding care of our teeth.
We do everything in our power to protect our smiles, keeping them big and bright.
We floss, we brush, and we rinse multiple times a day. We see our dentist at least twice a year.
Bad oral hygiene can even lead to things like heart disease and memory loss — even more of a reason to keep our smiles healthy.
However, sometimes keeping the enamel on our teeth nice and white can be a struggle.
In the article below, we have compiled several things you can do to keep your enamel strong and healthy.
Avoid The Food And Drink Bad For Your Enamel
If you want strong enamel, don't eat or drink things that weaken it.
Makes sense, right?
Fermentable carbohydrates found in things like cookies and soft drinks
This process is called demineralization because the acid eats away at the minerals in your enamel.
Sugary, highly processed treats will demineralize your enamel over time, especially if you don't take proper care of your teeth.
The acids will cling to your teeth and remain there even after you've finished eating.
Use An Appropriate Toothpaste
The type of toothpaste you use makes a huge difference in your enamel.
Not all toothpaste is created equal, and that becomes apparent when you look at peoples enamel.
You should use a toothpaste that contains fluoride because it helps rebuild weakened tooth enamel and reverses early signs of decay.
Using a toothpaste containing sodium chloride, dissolved calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions reduced the drop in tooth enamel hardness due to soda consumption.
It also increased the hardness of soda-weakened enamel by 12 percent when used as a restorative treatment.
When shopping for toothpaste, look for brands labeled as remineralizing.
Brush Your Teeth The Right Way
Brushing too forcefully or with bristles that are too hard can break down enamel all by itself.
To strengthen your enamel, get your remineralized toothpaste and follow these tips:
- Brush twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Keep your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short, decisive strokes.
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes.
- Brush all areas of your mouth, including your tongue to remove bacteria that often linger there.
Improve Your Nutritional Intake
Just like we need to avoid the bad stuff, we need to eat the good stuff.
Your enamel will naturally strengthen if you eat fortifying foods.
Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese have the necessary calcium and phosphorus to strengthen and remineralize your tooth enamel.
Celery is an abrasive food, so it helps clean the surface of your teeth while you eat it.
Strawberries are full of Vitamin C and antioxidants as well as malic acid that helps whiten your teeth and remove harmful tartar from your enamel.
Animal proteins like chicken and beef are good for healthy tooth enamel because it contains phosphorous, calcium, and magnesium, as well.
Eat A Remineralizing Diet
Make sure your healthy diet includes remineralizing foods is also very important.
Our modern diets play a significant role in tooth decay because ancient humans didn't experience the problems we do today
Several foods will remineralize our teeth that we can eat on a daily basis.
The ADA recommends these foods for a healthy mouth:
- Whole grains
- Fruits and veggies
- Lean proteins
- Low-fat dairy products
Any food that promotes saliva flow, like cheese, helps maintain the pH level in your mouth, inhibiting acid production.
Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Grinding your teeth, or bruxism is a condition where you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth during the day and night.
Sometimes you don't even realize you're doing it.
If you do this long enough, you will wear down your tooth enamel and expose the deeper layers of your teeth.
You can even flatten, fracture, or chip your teeth due to this bad habit.
If you know you have a grinding habit, talk to your dentist.
They can make you a custom fitted guard that will protect your teeth.
If you follow the advice above, your smile will be as white and as bright as it's ever been.
Avoiding bad foods, eating good foods, and using a good toothpaste can revolutionize your smile.
If you'd like to go a step further and get a dentist to help you whiten your smile, the dentists at Hylan Dental Care would be happy to help.
They whiten countless smiles daily, and they would love to whiten yours.
Click the button below to get started.