Mighty Enamel

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Blogs | 1 comment

zybna_emalsadasdasdasEnamel, the toughest material in the human body–we’ve all heard this before. We’ve heard it so much that we’ve learned to take it for granted. Sure, it’s supposed to last you a lifetime, but this really depends on how you treat your enamel.

While enamel made out of a very strong material, it can succumb to wear and tear over the years. In fact, once you lose enamel, you cannot regrow this material. However, there are ways to keep your enamel strong and healthy. Here are a few tips to keep the enamel in tip top shape:

Limit the sugar!
We definitely know how enticing that ice cream sundae or that ice-cold cola is on a hot summer day, but please be mindful of your enamel! These sugary foods can easily lead to accelerated wear and tear of teeth. If you must indulge yourself, wash it down with a glass of water and swish away the residual sugar that can be left in the mouth.

Strengthen with dairy
Drinking milk can fortify bones, but it can also play a part in counteracting acids in the mouth. Dairy products are a great way to strengthen enamel. However, when choosing these dairy products, always go for the low-fat or fat-free option to keep fat and calories to a minimum. Not only will healthy teeth result from these diary products, but also a healthier you!

Don’t over-brush
After that delightful chocolate bar, you may start feeling a bit guilty. Rushing to a toothbrush and brushing with all your might may not necessarily be the best solution. Don’t get us wrong, brushing consistently is a great way to maintain good oral health, but how you brush is a different story. Brushing too fast or too hard can wear down enamel. Brush in short, gentle strokes and pick a bristle that would not be too abrasive for the pearly whites.

Enamel has always been a fateful friend, keeping teeth strong and protected. But in order for it to do its job, the up keeping of oral health is absolutely crucial. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questionsContact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com

 References:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-mouth-14/beautiful-smile/tooth-enamel-damage
http://www.sheknows.ca/food/articles/958565/keeping-tooth-enamel-strong
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/ColgateNewandNow/Personal/2013/January/article/SW-281474979045308.cvsp

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. After eating or drinking you need to give you enamel time to reharden, or brushing can actually do more damage than good! Every time food or drink paces your lips the clock resets, so when you take a long time to drink that soda you don’t give your enamel any break.

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