The outer surface of teeth that protects them from decay is called tooth enamel. Although wear and tear on the enamel are normal, you should try to keep it strong. Here are a few tips from San Pablo Dental Care.
Consider foods that protect enamel
Foods such as milk, cheese, and other dairy products are rich in calcium. There are also many non-dairy foods that contain calcium like broccoli and almonds. Calcium is important because it counters acids that cause decay, helping to protect and strengthen the enamel. In addition to eating these foods and drinking plenty of plain water, San Pablo dentists advise that you limit sugary foods and drinks. Bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar and produce acids that wear down the enamel.
Fluoride toothpaste helps to strengthen the enamel and repair decay in the early stages. Your San Pablo dental team can provide guidance for choosing the right fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. However, you should also avoid poor brushing habits like brushing too fast or hard. This can weaken the enamel. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush from side to side.
Watch out for dry mouth
Keeping your mouth hydrated will help prevent bacteria from thriving. Drinking plenty of water also washes down food particles that the microorganisms feed on. If you experience severe heartburn or eating disorders, you should seek treatment for the conditions since acids from the stomach can weaken the enamel on your teeth.
Treat Teeth Grinding
Grinding teeth can also cause damage to tooth enamel. Most people do this at nighttime while they are sleeping. A dental professional can examine teeth and suggest a mouthguard that can be worn at night. This can help protect the teeth and the enamel.
Regular dental checkups
Drs. Edwin Kim and Jacqueline Lee recommend scheduling regular visits to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning. Call our office today to set up your appointment.