5 ways to protect enamel

Protect enamel with these good oral hygiene habits

There are ways to combat tooth decay and one of them is by protecting enamel. Sstrengthen your enamel naturally and recognize factors that can improve your dental health:

What is enamel?

Enamel is the outer covering or shell of your teeth. It is literally the hardest substance in your body. Even though enamel is tough, the constant wear and tear your teeth go through can erode your enamel. Once the enamel is damaged, tooth decay can set it. The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect the enamel, thereby protecting your teeth.

Top 5 tooth savers

  • Use fluoride products

  • Be smart about food and drink choices

  • Become a tea drinker

  • Boost saliva production

  • Get regular dental checkups

How these good habits work

Fluoride is a natural mineral that can strengthen teeth. Using fluoride products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride, is a simple way to combat tooth decay. Tea also contains fluoride. By simply drinking a few cups of tea, you can boost your teeth’s exposure to fluoride. We are not talking sweet tea or sugar-laden commercial teas. We are talking about freshly brewed tea, made at home with tea leaves or bags, and minimal sweetener.

Eliminating or reducing the intake of sugary drinks goes a long toward keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Sugars and acids wear away at your teeth’s defenses and set you up for dental issues, including cavities, down the road.

Dark green, leafy vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals that keep your enamel strong and intact. Milk and cheeses are great sources of calcium, which is a no-brainer as far as dental health goes. Not only that, but dairy products leave a sort of coating on your teeth which helps protect them from acidic foods even after you are finished eating.

Drinking lots of water and chewing sugarless gum helps promote saliva production. Saliva is the body’s way of keeping the mouth clean by washing away sugars, bacteria and acids that can damage tooth surfaces.

Finally, of course, regular dental check-ups and preventative dental care will help ensure that there are no developing issues. Regular cleanings will enhance your efforts at home.

Give our office a call and our staff can schedule an appointment for a dental check up and cleaning at your convenience. We offer a full range of dental services in Boulder.