The Do's & Don't's
for tooth enamel protection
The truth about tooth enamel...
Enamel is the outer most protective layer of your teeth and the strongest mineral in your body. Certain things can damage tooth enamel despite its strength and once enamel is lost it's gone for good. Basting the teeth in acids leaves the enamel soft and vulnerable.
DON'T: Excessive consumption of acidic foods & beverages.
The acid in some fruits and vegetables along with certain drinks contributes to the erosion of tooth enamel. So try to limit them from your diet, if you can, or neutralize the acid in your mouth by drinking or rinsing with water immediately after their consumption.
DO: Sugar-free gum.
Chewing a piece of sugar-free gum after consuming anything acidic will promote saliva to flow and coat your mouth and teeth. Saliva has natural chemicals and enzymes which neutralize acidic conditions in your mouth.
DON'T: Brushing after eating or drinking anything acidic.
If you brush immediately after eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages you run the risk of scrubbing away your softened enamel forever.
Instead rinse with water and wait about an hour before brushing which, as we stated above, will neutralize the acid and also allow your enamel to re-mineralize.
DO: Use a straw.
When possible drink with a straw to minimize the exposure of your teeth to the acid in your drink.
DON'T: Ignoring certain medical conditions
Bulimia, gastroesophageal reflux, and other similar medical conditions which involve acid from the stomach to come in contact with your teeth will cause serious and irreversible damage to your teeth.
DO: See your dentist!
Even if you think you are not suffering from tooth enamel erosion, your dentist may find areas of damage. See your dentist at least 2 times a year for regular dental cleanings and oral examinations.
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