Three Tips for Strong Tooth Enamel

The enamel is a vital component to your teeth, and while it is extremely durable, it can wear away if your teeth aren’t cared for properly. Unfortunately, once it is gone, it is gone for good, so you’ll want to take steps to keep it strong.

Eat Foods that Are Known to Protect Tooth Enamel

In order to create a strong enamel, it is important to eat foods that will support your teeth. Calcium is especially important, as calcium found in food can counter the acids in your mouth that might result in decay. It can also keep the teeth and bones strong. Milk and cheese can strengthen and protect the enamel, but you should be sure to choose low calorie or fat-free items to keep calorie levels down.

Brush – But Not Too Much

Brushing is important for healthy teeth, but it is important to note that you can over-brush. If you brush too hard or too fast, you can cause your enamel to wear down. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and hold them at about a 45-degree angle with your gums. Move the brush in short, gentle strokes in a back-and-forth motion. You should also be sure to avoid brushing for about an hour after you eat sugary foods or anything high in acid. 

Medical Conditions that Might Affect Tooth Enamel

There are certain conditions that could negatively impact your enamel, the most prominent of which include acid reflux, heartburn, and eating disorders. With acid reflux, stomach acids can escape up your throat and could eventually reach the mouth, where they are able to erode the enamel. Frequent vomiting can also cause erosion, which is why eating disorders are so hard on the teeth.

If you are living with any of these conditions, please your dentist for treatment options and tips on how to keep your teeth healthy.

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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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