What to Know about Tooth Enamel
The enamel layer covering the outside of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. It is made of densely packed minerals and is stronger than even bone. Unfortunately, it can still be damaged over time. The acids from bacteria and the foods and drinks you consume can attack and soften the enamel, and once the enamel is damaged, you can develop tooth decay.
You can protect your enamel and make it stronger so that it is less likely to be damaged by oral acids. Use fluoride toothpaste each time you brush your teeth. Fluoride has been extensively studied for decades and has been shown repeatedly to be an effective cavity fighter. It works by re-mineralizing your enamel to make it harder and stronger. Add fluoride mouthwash to your normal daily routine for an added dose of fluoride. Brush at least twice a day, and floss daily to keep your teeth clean and free of the bacteria that can cause so much damage.
A healthy diet is also important for strong, resilient dental enamel. The minerals that make up your enamel are constantly being used and replaced, so a diet high in calcium and magnesium is critical. Make sure you eat a diet high in other nutrients, as well, including vitamins A, B, C, and D vitamins. Limit the amount of processed, starchy, and sweet foods you eat, all of which can contribute to enamel decay.
At least once every six months, schedule a professional teeth cleaning appointment. These regular check-ups are critical to the health of your enamel. Plaque and tartar can build up between your teeth, near the gumline and in other areas that can be difficult to reach during your daily cleaning. During a professional cleaning, we remove all this buildup and check your teeth for any signs of wear, erosion, or damage. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment.
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