Tooth enamel is designed to last a lifetime, that is until all of our bad habits start getting in the way. By doing certain things such as drinking soda, we can significantly increase the rate at which our tooth enamel erodes. The good news is that with tooth enamel, unlike with gum disease, you can usually reverse the damage and rebuild your enamel over time. Check out these 8 tips so you can help to keep your tooth enamel and avoid costly trips to the dentist office in your future.
- Stop Drinking Soda – Soda, whether it’s diet or regular it doesn’t really matter because the acid in the diet soda can eat away at your tooth enamel just as much as the sugar can from your regular soda. Of all sodas, diet and regular Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of all sodas when it comes to eroding tooth enamel. Also, along the same lines of staying away from sugar and acid in drinks, also look to steer clear of these things in foods.
- Up your Fluoride Intake – Fluoride is what helps rebuild your tooth enamel. So keeping a regular dose of fluoride in your life will also help to keep your enamel from disappearing. Two of the best sources of fluoride are from ACT (a fluoride based mouthwash), and from your tap water. So start drinking more tap water as well as start rinsing with ACT every night and get the process kickstarted of rebuilding your tooth enamel today!
- Eat more Calcium – Whether from a supplement, or from eating more calcium rich foods, taking in more calcium is an integral part of rebuilding your tooth enamel. So look for more calcium rich foods to include in your diet and/ or start supplementing. Your tooth enamel and significant other will thank you later on in life.
- Avoid Over Brushing – Brushing your teeth too hard, for too long, in the wrong way, or with the wrong toothbrush can all lead to your tooth enamel being deteriorated. So make sure that you are brushing your teeth in the proper way as to minimize any damage done to your teeth while brushing.
- Beware of Dry Mouth – Saliva is your best friend in the fight against cavity causing bacteria in your mouth as well as helps to neutralize the acid in acidic foods that contribute to tooth enamel decay. So try to be aware of your dry mouth and either drink water or chew sugarless gum to help prevent it.
- Avoid Teeth Grinding – Many people grind their teeth whether it may be at night or during the day. If during the day, try and be aware of this bad habit in order to stop it, or if at night you may want to talk to your dentist about getting a custom mouth guard for sleeping. Teeth grinding will eventually wear down your tooth enamel as well as bring about many other potential oral health issues.
- Treat Heartburn and Eating Disorders – With severe heartburn, stomach acids may escape up into the esophagus. If those acids reach your mouth, they can erode enamel. The eating disorder bulimia, in which people vomit food after they eat, is another threat to enamel. If you have symptoms of heartburn or bulimia, talk to your doctor about treatment.
- Go to your Regular Dental Check Ups – As simple and easy as this may sound, this last tip is by far the most effective one listed. Just my simply getting your teeth cleaned every 6 months you will not only be able to infinitely better minimize the risk of eroding tooth enamel, but you will also be able to stay on top of your dental health so nothing creeps up on you after it has already turned into a full blown issue.
Do you think you may have issues with your tooth enamel? Then contact us today to see what we may be able to do for your dental needs.