Your tooth enamel, the thin outer surface of your tooth, is precious. Once lost, it doesn’t grow back. And while enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body, it is very vulnerable to permanent damage and loss if you don’t take proper care. Read on for some great tips to prevent enamel loss.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Highly acidic foods like citrus fruits and juices and carbonated sodas can erode your tooth enamel over time. Limit these foods, use a straw whenever you can, and when you do consume them, rinse your mouth immediately after with flat water.
Follow up a meal with a slice of cheese or a glass of milk. This will eradicate some of the dangerous acids lingering in your mouth.
Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
Sugar-free chewing gum is a great thing to have on hand when you finish a meal or snack. When you chew it, you are actually cleaning some of the bad stuff from the surface of your teeth, and boosting saliva production, which helps to strengthen the teeth. Remember, it must be sugar-free gum, and it’s not a substitute for brushing, just a great solution when you can’t brush right away!
Take Care of your Teeth
Most important to your enamel, and the overall health of your mouth, you must commit to a great dental care routine. This includes brushing your teeth gently for two minutes at least twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for a routine cleaning and exam every 6 months. It’s also a good idea to rinse with a fluoride and antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Preventive Care in Gastonia, NC
Here at Gastonia Family Dentistry, we’re all about helping you avoid dental trouble in the future. We have services to meet the entire family's dental needs. To get started with a practice that prioritizes prevention, give us a call or click the contact link below.