The enamel, which is the surface of your teeth, helps protect them from decay. While wear and tear are normal, Drs. Barnhart emphasizes the importance of keeping the barrier strong. There are several ways you can ensure your tooth enamel remains strong and continues to protect your teeth from damage and cavities. Here are a few tips.
Limit sugary foods and drinks
Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar from such foods and produce acids that wear away the enamel. This is why you should limit sugary foods, chewy candies, and replace soft drinks with plain water. Foods that are rich in calcium will keep your bones and teeth strong and help prevent decay. Dairy products like milk and cheese provide a healthy source of calcium. But there are some non-dairy options too like broccoli, white beans, and almonds.
Brushing your teeth too hard or too fast can wear down or damage the tooth enamel. In addition to brushing gently, consider using a fluoride toothpaste that helps strengthen teeth and repair decay in the early stages. Your Vienna, MO dentist, will also suggest the right mouthwash that has fluoride. Also, remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damage.
Treat heartburn and eating disorders
Acids that come from the stomach when you have heartburn or eating disorders can lead to cavities. Reflux from heartburn can allow acids to reach the mouth. This is why you should have the conditions treated. It would also be important to keep your mouth clean and moist by drinking plenty of water. Dry mouth is a condition that can lead to damaged enamel.
Get regular checkups
Lastly, you should schedule regular visits to your dentist for a checkup and cleaning. At Barnhart Dental, we will suggest the best mouthguard for patients who grind their teeth and offer a variety of treatment options to help protect your enamel.