5 Tips to Avoid Tooth Enamel Loss

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.

FAQs About Professional Teeth Whitening

The growing popularity of a bright and white smile brings up many questions about your teeth. You may wonder when to consider professional whitening or have concerns about the safety of the procedure. By evaluating common questions, you can determine if whitening is a good choice for your goals.

Is it Covered by Insurance?

Although specific details about your coverage will depend on the policy you purchase, professional whitening for your teeth is not usually covered by insurance. Since the procedure is considered cosmetic, many insurance providers will not cover the cost of the treatment.

Will it Last?

Teeth Whitening FAQWhitening your teeth is not permanent. You will need touch-up treatments over time to maintain the white and bright smile that you want. The timing of a touch-up depends on your habits and behaviors. If you eat foods or drink beverages that stain your teeth, then you may need to touch-up your teeth within a month or less. If you avoid food items that may stain your teeth, then your whitening may last a full year or longer before you need a touch-up treatment.

The exact duration depends on your behaviors. Before you go through whitening your teeth, you can discuss the foods and drinks to avoid to maintain your smile with our dental professionals.

Is Whitening Safe?

Professional whitening products and chemicals have gone through rigorous testing by the Food and Drug Administration and meet quality standards for safety and effectiveness. While whitening can cause some irritation in the gums and sensitivity in the teeth, it is safe when handled by a professional. We take measures to protect your gums during the treatment. If you are concerned about sensitivity, then you can use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth for two weeks before the treatment to reduce the risk.

Professional whitening is a safe procedure that makes your smile brighter. By discussing the treatment with our dental professionals, you can determine if it is a good choice for your teeth.

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Why I might need Dental Implants?

As you get older, as time goes on, you might end up with one or more missing teeth. This can make you feel self-conscious about how you look when you smile or talk to others. Dental implants provide a way to replace missing teeth with artificial ones that look as natural as possible.

Causes of Missing Teeth

You can lose teeth for different reasons. Poor dental hygiene over the years can cause advanced tooth decay or gum disease that results in tooth loss. Severe tooth decay can cause you to need tooth extractions done to lower your risk of infections. Gum disease can result in loose teeth that need to be removed. You can also have missing teeth due to an injury or trauma to your mouth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are different ways to replace missing teeth, such as partial dentures or bridges. However, dental implants typically offer more benefits than these other options. Implants provide a permanent way to hold artificial teeth in place, unlike dentures. They also don’t require you to have adjacent teeth reshaped as bridges do. Dental implants hold replacement teeth in place, and these artificial teeth are made to look as much like your original teeth as possible.

When you have multiple missing teeth or teeth that are missing in the front of your mouth, dental implants can help boost your self-confidence in your appearance. They can also help restore full functionality, which allows you to chew food more efficiently and speak clearly. Having dental implants can improve your quality of life overall.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that hold artificial teeth in place. These posts are typically placed directly into your jawbone, which then heals around them. To have these, you’ll need to make sure that you’re a good candidate for them. This means having enough jawbone to support these posts and healthy gums. Being a non-smoker is also important since smoking can affect your jaw’s ability to heal.

If you need more information about dental implants in Lincoln, please contact Korte Family Dentistry for an appointment.

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