Enamel is a crucial part of the tooth that helps protect it from daily wear and tear that comes about from chewing, biting, crunching, grinding, not to mention from the foods we eat every day, even the healthy stuff!
Even though your tooth enamel is made from some serious stern stuff, it can chip, crack, and wear down. Enamel has the important function of acting as a “buffer zone” between your dentin and any hot or cold food or liquid you consume.
Once your enamel wears out, you cannot get it back. Below we go over a few ways you can strengthen your tooth enamel to prep your smile for the long haul.
Stay Away From Foods and Beverages Diminish Your Enamel
Fermentable carbohydrates found in candy, cookies, soft drinks, breads, some fruits, and many cereals and sugar-laced breakfast foods can combine with bacteria in your mouth creating acids that harm your tooth enamel. Staying away from these foods and incorporating a rigorous brushing and flossing routine, not to mention keeping your scheduled visit with your dentist will help you avoid this onslaught of enamel-compromising activity.
When acid “eats away” at naturally-produced minerals in your enamel this is called “demineralization” and should be avoided at all cost.
Add Remineralizing Products to Your Regiment
Another great preventative step you can take is to switch to products that contain remineralizing agents. Mineral fluoride a great way to fortify your teeth. Drinking fluoridated water also helps in addition to having your dentist provide professional fluoride treatments.
Eat with Your Oral Health In Mind
Crunchy veggies have a lot of water in them and they’ll help cleanse your mouth when you’re not able to brush. Celery also helps maintain saliva levels in the mouth, which helps boost your enamel. Cheese is also a powerful acid inhibitor as it regulates pH levels in the mouth.
Contact Audubon Dental Center today if you have any more questions about how you can set your smile up with a great foundation for continuous oral health. The smile you’ve always wanted requires some effort and dedication, but we can help you create and keep an A-list smile at Audubon Dental Center, your number one Clinton Family Dentist.