Your family dentist will often remind you that the enamel can be damaged in various ways, and it is one of the few tissues in the body that is unable to regenerate. In other words, once the enamel is destroyed, it cannot grow back, and as a result, you can lose a vital source of natural protection.
To preserve the enamel that covers your teeth, take note of these tips:
- Remove plaque thoroughly. The bacterial acids that are found in plaque can literally dissolve the outer surface of the enamel, creating tooth decay. Plaque should be removed from all surfaces of the teeth several times each day with a toothbrush and floss.
- Clean your teeth gently. Using heavy pressure, a hard toothbrush, or an abrasive toothpaste is an easy way to scrub through your enamel. Instead, use gentle pressure and opt for a soft brush and a mild toothpaste formula.
- Control your tummy. Stomach acids, like bacterial acids, can erode your enamel. If you suffer with frequent vomiting, heart burn, or acid reflux, you should know that your mouth and teeth are being exposed to harmful acids. Take the appropriate steps to manage your health conditions, but also ask your family dentist about additional methods for protecting your teeth.
- Reduce your stress. Clenching, gritting, and grinding the teeth can create tremendous forces which are harmful and destructive. Patients who are under increased stress are more likely to display these habits at night, wearing through the biting surfaces of the teeth and damaging the gumline.
- Safety first. Sports and other injuries can contribute to fractured, broken, and chipped teeth. Using a custom mouth guard, seatbelts, helmets, and other safety measures can greatly reduce your risk.
Use the fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse that has been recommended by our family dentist for an extra level of enamel protection, and remember to schedule your next dental visit by calling today.