The enamel, or hard outer layer of your teeth, is the hardest substance in the human body. It both strengthens and protects the teeth, enabling us to eat chew and bite a huge variety of food. But even the strongest things need help sometimes, and our tooth enamel is no exception. Here are some things you can do to keep your tooth enamel strong.
One of the greatest threats enamel faces comes from acid. Over time, acid can eat through the enamel layer, which causes cavities. Cutting acid from the diet can certainly help. In addition, sugary foods help sustain acid-producing bacteria in the mouth. Rinsing the mouth with water after eating sugary or acidic foods can help protect enamel from acid.
Your brushing habits can also affect tooth enamel. If you brush to aggressively, enamel can wear away over time. It is best to use a brush with soft bristles. Also, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use small, gentle motions. This cleans off plaque without damaging enamel or gums.
Using fluoride is the best thing one can do to actually strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride works to restore strengthening minerals to tooth enamel that get lost. Enamel cannot be regenerated after it wears away, but strengthening it with fluoride is the next best thing.
If you would like to learn more about tooth enamel or wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rebecca Barfield, please call Jolly Family Dentistry at 501.228.6360 today. We are eager to work with you toward the healthy smile you’ve always wanted.