Enamel loss can not only make you feel less confident about your smile, it can lead to tooth decay, infection, and possibly even tooth loss. As the hard, protective top layer of your tooth called “enamel” softens and weakens, a pit or cavity forms on the tooth surface.
Follow these five tips to prevent enamel loss and keep your teeth healthy.
1) See your dentist every six months for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Brush with fluoride toothpaste, floss, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
2) Eliminate highly acidic foods and drinks from your diet. The worst offenders include citrus fruits and their juices and carbonated soft drinks. Rinse your mouth immediately with plain water after eating or drinking acidic products. It’s also smart to sip acidic drinks through a straw. This will push the liquid to the back of your mouth, bypassing your teeth.
3) Eliminate sugars and starchy foods from your diet. Sugary, sticky foods and beverages are major causes of tooth decay. The sugar you consume combines with plaque, which creates acid that weakens tooth enamel. “Each time you eat a sugary snack, your teeth are vulnerable to damage from the acids for the next 20 minutes,” explains Oral-B. Major plaque promoters include candy, honey, raisins, milk, dry cereal, and bread.
4) Limit snacking. Frequent snacking throughout the day gives the acid in the food more time to damage your teeth. Avoid snacking unless you’re able to brush your teeth immediately after. Brushing your teeth after snacking will both remove plaque and leave your mouth feeling cleaner, making you less likely to continue snacking.
5) Chew sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol between meals. Xylitol is shown to reduce acids in beverages and foods. Research has also shown that the use of xylitol helps repair damage to the enamel. Chewing gum increases saliva production, which helps strengthen teeth with important minerals.
If you’re concerned about tooth enamel loss, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to helping you learn more about how you can enjoy the best oral health possible.