The enamel which covers our teeth is the first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities. Enamel is the white part of the tooth you can see; a hard, resilient substance that covers the tooth’s crown. Tooth enamel is stronger than bone and protects the important tissues that lay below, it is comprised of hydroxyapatite, phosphorous, and calcium. Strengthening tooth enamel can reduce the chances that the constant barrage of food particles and beverages caused from eating every day, it can also additional problems deeper in our teeth.
These are three easy ways to strengthen your tooth enamel:
Increase Your Calcium Intake
Calcium is a great was to strengthen enamel and bones, and dairy products are chock-full of calcium. Besides reinforcing enamel, certain dairy products, like milk and yogurt, don’t increase the acid levels in your mouth. People that are lactose intolerant, you can buy calcium supplements they provide the benefits without needing to consume dairy products.
Avoid Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are habits that are often the result of stress, often times they take place while you are sleeping. They can put a lot of pressure on the gums and jaw structure and can also result in fractures and micro-fractures in your teeth enamel. Wearing a night guard can help reduce grinding while asleep, but also find a way to reduce any stress or anxiety in your life.
Many people think sugar-free gum is a better alternative to, sugar-rich gum to help prevent cavities. However, chewing sugar-free gum is actually good for your enamel. Chewing increases the amount of saliva in your mouth and saliva helps remove food particles and washes away damaging acids. There have been studies that have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay.
Regular visits to your dentist and good oral hygiene habits will also go a long way to ensuring that your tooth enamel is strong, resilient, and ready for whatever comes its way. Please contact us today or call us at 623-934-7606 to schedule an appointment.