The hard surface of your teeth is called enamel. Although tooth enamel is strong, it does wear down over time. It is what protects your teeth against decay. The good thing is you can take steps to protect your enamel and prevent decay. Your Libertyville, IL dental team has suggestions on how you can take care of your tooth enamel.

Brushing Habits that Protect Enamel

Fluoride isn’t just for children. It helps strengthen tooth enamel. Ask Dr. Ala Dean Attar about whether you need fluoride supplements if you only drink bottled water. Brushing your teeth is good for protecting your mouth, teeth, and gums. But if you are brushing wrong you are missing out. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently using a back and forth motion.

Eating Habits that Protect Tooth Enamel

Sugary drinks and foods can erode tooth enamel and cause damage to your teeth. Drink water instead of soda with and between meals. Eating desserts and foods high in sugar can actually help feed bad bacteria in your mouth. When bacteria builds up, it erodes away at the enamel. Avoiding foods high in acids and sugar can protect enamel.

There are also some foods you can eat that help keep your enamel strong. Foods with calcium, whether it’s natural or fortified, is beneficial. Calcium strengthens bones as well as tooth enamel. Dairy products are great sources of calcium. There are also some non-dairy sources including sardines, kale, and calcium-fortified cereals and juices.

Keep Up With Regular Dental Visits

Make an appointment with Attar Dental for biannual exams and cleaning. Routine examinations are important for maintaining a healthy mouth. It’s also key to early detection of problems which when addressed early enough are more likely to be effective.

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