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Posted on 4/25/2020 by Dick Hikade, DDS
Just because your teeth look white doesn't necessarily mean that you have strong enamel. Enamel erosion can occur without discoloring your smile. Maintaining strong enamel should be the foremost consideration in good oral care. The good news is that there are several ways to strengthen your enamel.
Tooth Enamel Can't Regenerate
The enamel is the outermost translucent layer on the surface of your teeth which helps protect your teeth from decay. The enamel can weaken due to many factors including, age, genetics, dental conditions, improper brushing, trauma, and poor food choices.
Unfortunately, enamel cannot regenerate once it is broken down. However, you can take strengths to strengthen the enamel that you have left.
Avoid Demineralizing Food
Fermented carbohydrates are found in confectionaries, soft drinks, breads, bananas, breakfast cereals, and other sugar-rich food. When these foods combine with the bacteria in your mouth, it creates acid that eat away at the minerals in your enamel. That's why you should take proper care to brush your teeth after you have eaten sugary treats.
The best ways to strengthen your enamel is to use remineralizing products, like fluoride. Fluoride provides a strong covering over the enamel, fortifying it. You can also drink fluoridated water and use fluoride supplements, recommended by Dick Hikade, DDS and Brooke Hikade-Wyatt, DMD at Sunnyside Dentistry.
Brushing too aggressively or using a hard-bristled brush can also erode the enamel. So if you feel a twinge of sensitivity when brushing or eating, it is best to make an appointment at Sunnyside Dentistry.
Brush twice a day every day and keep your toothbrush angled at 45 degrees, sweeping in short strokes. To ensure you get the best cleaning, brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. Don't neglect your tongue and gums while brushing your teeth. Saliva produced after brushing your teeth can also prevent demineralization.
Eat Remineralizing Food
There are plenty of foods that promote remineralizing of the enamel so make sure you incorporate them in your diet. These food include:
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Some food, like cheese and celery, can stop demineralization in its track. They promote saliva production which maintain the pH levels in your mouth and neutralize the acid produced by sugars
Enamel weakening is very common but with a little bit of care, healthy food, and oral hygiene, you can prevent your enamel from wearing down. If you are concerned about the well being of your teeth, schedule an appointment with us by calling at (503) 451-5104 today.