April 3, 2023
Did you know that the enamel on the top surface of your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body? Yes, that hard, shiny substance is even stronger than bone. It helps protect your teeth from extra hot coffee, hard candies, sour pickles, and billions of harmful bacteria living inside your mouth.
Tips from the experts
Did you know that the enamel on the top surface of your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body? Yes, that hard, shiny substance is even stronger than bone. It helps protect your teeth from extra hot coffee, hard candies, sour pickles, and billions of harmful bacteria living inside your mouth. But although enamel is a hard protector of teeth, it is not imperishable. Continuous attacks in the form of an unhealthy diet can lead to its erosion. And chipped enamel exposes teeth to painful temperatures and harmful acids resulting in cavities and decay. Recent studies have shown that poor oral health can affect our overall health. Weak teeth and gums, in extreme cases, can even trigger glaucoma and heart disease! None of us wants that.
So, how can you prevent enamel damage?
Here are 5 top tips from experts. And no, we are not going to tell you to brush and floss regularly, because you should already be doing that, twice a day. (Are you?)
- Wait before brushing
It is suggested to wait at least 45-60 mins after consuming something acidic. Acid can soften the enamel and be easily damaged by your toothbrush.
- Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash
Fluoride helps remineralize the eroded enamel. It can also slow down or even reverse the development of cavities.
- Use a straw to drink sodas
Firstly, you should not be consuming any acidic drinks. But if you have to, make them bypass the teeth with the use of a straw.
- Increase your calcium intake
Calcium not only helps your teeth, but it also helps strengthens your jawbones to hold the teeth in place. Eat more almonds, leafy vegetables, and beans.
- Don’t wait for a dental emergency to visit a dentist
Regular oral checkups allow the dentist to examine your teeth and find cavities while they are still minor and catch any gum disease early enough to treat them. (Also, the earlier you catch them, the less money you have to spend). Take the first step towards healthier teeth and book an appointment with Anthem Dentistry now. Whether you have a question about a specific treatment, need help navigating dental insurance, or simply need time to get comfy in the dental chair, we want to ensure you that your time is valued whenever you pay Anthem Dentistry a visit.