Your tooth enamel is priceless. It protects your teeth against decay and cannot be replaced. Therefore, it’s essential that we all take great care to protect our enamel over the course of our entire lives. If enamel begins to erode, it can become discolored, due to exposure to dentin, the yellow layer underneath your enamel. Enamel erosion can also cause your teeth to fracture more easily, leading to missing or cracked teeth and dental implants. Given these consequences, what can we do to protect our enamel?
1. Stop eating and drinking acidic foods and drinks so often. Highly acidic choices, such as orange juice, alcohol, soda, and other juices and sports drinks cause acid to build up and damage your enamel over time.
2. Rinse with water immediately after eating acidic food or use a straw so that your teeth aren’t exposed to as much acid.
3. Drink milk or eat cheese after consuming acidic food or beverages, as these foods have basic properties that are able to neutralize the acid sitting on your teeth.
4. Use an electric toothbrush or don’t brush too hard, as too much pressure can degrade your enamel over time.
5. Ensure that you’re getting enough fluoride and minerals that naturally protect your enamel and reduce tooth decay. Fluoride can be found in most tap water, bottled water, and in some toothpastes and mouthwashes.
While there’s no such thing as a guarantee, taking these 5 precautions may help to strengthen your enamel and prevent permanent erosion.
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