Protecting Your Tooth Enamel

Protecting Your Tooth Enamel

The enamel on your teeth is what protects them from decay. It’s normal for your enamel to suffer some wear and tear but there are also a few things that you can do to keep it strong. Here are a few ways for you to protect your teeth’s enamel.

Use Food to Protect Tooth Enamel

First of all, you should avoid sugary foods and drinks. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and produce acid. When more acid is produced, it can start to break down the enamel. Once the protective layer is broken down, cavities can start to form. A plain glass of water is much better for your teeth than a soft drink. You can also eat more foods that are high in calcium such as milk, cheese, and other dairy products. If you are avoiding dairy products there are other foods that contain calcium. Leafy green vegetables, broccoli, almonds, and white beans are all high in calcium. The calcium in these foods helps protect enamel which can help prevent tooth decay.

Don’t Over Brush Your Teeth

Next, try to avoid over-brushing. We know that your Bernardsville, NJ dentist will certainly tell you to brush your teeth regularly, but you should use a brush with soft bristles and avoid brushing too hard or too fast. You should also wait an hour after eating citrus fruits or sugars since the acid they can produce can soften enamel and make it more vulnerable to damage.

Regular Checkups

Finally, make sure that you see your dentist every six months to make sure that your tooth enamel is in good condition. Dr. John Kellam and the staff at Bernardsville Dental Care can provide you with more tips on protecting your teeth, so schedule an appointment if it’s been over six months since you’ve seen a dentist.