Your teeth wear down over time. When they wear down, it can lead to sensitivity, discoloration, and decay. Taking the steps to strengthen your teeth can help them stay healthy longer. It can also help them remain white and gleaming, as well as prevent expensive dental expenses.
Enamel is a thin layer of protection over your teeth. Many things can cause enamel to wear out and it doesn’t regenerate. There are ways to slow the enamel’s deterioration, as well as attempt to remineralize and strengthen the remaining enamel.
Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid brushing your teeth too hard or too frequently, because it will wear out the enamel faster. Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash can also help remineralize the teeth. Fluoride is extremely useful, because it binds to the material of the teeth and helps to strengthen them.
Cut Down Sugar Consumption
Sugar feeds bacteria and damages your teeth. Studies have shown that it is more important to cut down on the frequency of sugar consumption rather than the amount. Every time you consume sugar, it leads to bacteria growth. Though removing sugar and food particles is important, it is also necessary to wait 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Your teeth will have softened and become more susceptible to damage during this time frame.
A dry mouth is the optimal place for bacteria to grow. Staying hydrated makes a less welcoming environment for bacteria. Water also helps flush out food particles and bacteria from your mouth, before they form into plaque and tartar.
Your diet significantly impacts your teeth. Adding calcium and vitamins to your diet can help strengthen your teeth. Your teeth naturally produce calcium but it can wear away over time. Increasing your calcium intake can help restore the natural mineral to your teeth.
Strengthening your teeth can help prevent oral health problems from occurring. Another way to protect your teeth is through regular dental cleaning. To schedule your regular dental appointment, contact us at Mills River Family Dental today!