Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in the body? It’s true! It can last a lifetime, and so can your teeth. That’s why at Michelsen Dental in Orange CA we encourage all our patients to brush and floss twice a day.
Here are some tips for keeping tooth enamel healthy.
1. Pick the right foods. It’s no secret that soft drinks hurt your teeth. Don’t think that diet sodas are harmless – the artificial sweeteners can also erode enamel over time.
There are also other culinary culprits that can do a lot of harm. Sticky, chewy candies should be avoided. Chewing ice is a no-no. And don’t use your teeth as tools. Take a minute to grab some scissors before you rip open that package with your incisors.
On the flip side, foods with calcium can neutralize acid in your mouth and protect your enamel. So, enjoy your dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt!
2. Avoid vigorous brushing and use a soft brush. Also, it’s best to brush about an hour after eating, because foods, especially acidic ones, can soften the enamel, thus making it more prone to degeneration from brushing.
3. Keep stomach acids in check. If you have a problem with severe heartburn, the stomach acid could be traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. This acid can erode enamel, so it is essential to talk to us about treatment.
4. Dry mouth and tooth grinding. Lack of saliva is a major problem for tooth enamel, and it’s no surprise that teeth grinding can also wear it down. Make sure we are aware if you experience either of these issues.
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