Enamel is the white, hard-outer layer that protects the crowns (the exposed portion) of the teeth in your mouth. Did you know that it's also your body's first line of defense against tooth decay? Protecting your enamel is essential with regular dental cleanings every 6 months but there are numerous ways that you can also care for your tooth enamel between visits. Here's 5 easy ways to tweak your oral hygiene that focuses on protecting and strengthening your tooth enamel.
- Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Doing so will help to reduce enamel wear and keep your gum tissues healthier too.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste every time you brush your teeth. Fluoride is the single most effective agent in the reduction of tooth decay.
- Floss daily. It's important to floss regularly because flossing your teeth aids in the removal of plaque from areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach.
- Be aware of acidic foods and beverages in your diet. Over time these can erode the enamel from your teeth. Bathing the mouth on a regular basis with sugared sodas, citrus juices and vinegar based foods is not advisable.
- Hydrate with water. Drinking plenty of water helps to rinse away dietary sweets and acids and is especially important if you have low saliva volume. Saliva helps to neutralize acidity and re-mineralizes tooth enamel. Keeping hydrated helps to increase saliva and has overall health.
Dr. Ronald Rosser DDS