- Published on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:42
- Written by Super User
Did you know that tooth enamel, the outer layer of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body? That means it should last a lifetime regardless of how you care for it right? Wrong.. Although our tooth enamel was naturally made very durable, it too can and will wear away in time without consistent care. So what can you do to help ensure that your enamel lasts a lifetime? Check out these tooth enamel saving tips below!
1. Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods and Drinks - I know that you hear this all the time, but the reason that you do is that it's VERY important! Sugar and acids are your tooth enamel’s worst enemy. Once sugar gets on your teeth it turns into acid which slowly but surely softens and eats away at your tooth enamel. The stickier the substance the more the sugar will stay on your teeth and erode your enamel. So stay away from sugary foods and drinks as much as possible, especially soda which has high amounts of both sugar and acid.
2. Eat Foods that will help to Protect your Enamel - Did you know that calcium not only helps to build healthy bones, but also helps to counteract enamel eating acids in your mouth? So try to seek out a few more calcium rich foods in your diet such as milk, cheese and other dairy products in order to help keep those enamel eating acids at bay.
3. Use Fluoride! - Fluoride is crucial in helping to not only protect your tooth enamel from erosive acids, but also in helping to restore tooth enamel. There are many sources to get fluoride such as your toothpaste, mouthwashes and even your tap water. A regular dose of restorative fluoride is crucial in winning the battle against enamel erosion.
4. Don't Over-Brush - If you brush your teeth too hard, or with bristles that are too hard this can slowly wear down your tooth enamel. Always make sure that you are following best brushing techniques and replacing your toothbrush when recommended.
5. Treat Heartburn - When stomach acids reach up past the esophagus and into the mouth they can cause severe tooth decay if happening on a regular basis. The same thing goes for eating disorders such as bulimia. So if this is the case for you then seek treatment options ASAP, otherwise your tooth enamel may have to pay the ultimate price in the long run.
Some other things to be aware of in trying to keep your tooth enamel for life would be to not swim in over chlorinated pools (too much chlorine can erode your tooth enamel), avoid grinding your teeth, dry mouth, and of course, be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning. Take these tips to heart and "get your smile on" for a lifetime!