Protecting Your Tooth Enamel

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The enamel is the outer layer on your teeth that helps protect them. When the enamel breaks down, it can lead to serious tooth decay. While it is subject to normal wear and tear, there are some steps you can take to help keep the enamel strong so it can continue protecting your teeth. Here are three things you can do to protect your tooth enamel.

Eating and Drinking to Protect Enamel

 Sugary drinks and foods such as soda can damage tooth enamel. Sometimes overly acidic foods and drinks like eating citrus fruits or drinking orange juice can be damaging to tooth enamel. This can, of course, lead to cavities. The best drink when you’re thirsty is plain water. And the best thing you can do for your teeth is to avoid sugary foods.
You’ll also want to eat foods that contain calcium as it can help you maintain healthy, strong teeth. Dairy products have calcium, but so do other foods like almonds, white beans, and broccoli.

Brush Correctly

Ask Dr. Jennifer Schau about correct brushing techniques. You don’t want to brush too harshly, but you do need to brush every day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles for brushing and use gentle back and forth strokes. Choose a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen enamel.

Don’t Grind Your Teeth

Many adults suffer from bruxism at night, which can wear away the surface of the teeth. Dr. Schau and the team can help you find a solution, such as a night mouthguard to protect your teeth.

Talk to Your Dentist

Your Saginaw, MI dental team can help you maintain your healthy smile for life.  It’s important to visit Your Saginaw, MI dentist wants to help you maintain a beautiful smile through regular cleanings and exams every six months. In between dental appointments Call us today to schedule your next exam.