Our enamel should be added to an endangered list of some kind. Most adults don’t realize that enamel is not something we can grow back or replace during a quick trip to the dentist. Once our enamel is gone, it is gone – forever. Sadly, we do things every day that slowly eat away our enamel. So, how long before it is too late? What are you doing to speed up that process? We’re glad you asked.
Destroying Enamel: A Guide
Enamel is irreplaceable. Fortunately, if you have been seeing your dentist regularly (twice per year as recommended) and brushing twice per day, you should be on the right track. However, even if you are practicing the right habits, you still may be missing the boat.
- Brushing Your Teeth With Hard Bristles. Next time you hit the drugstore, be sure to choose a toothbrush with ‘soft’ or ‘extra-soft’ bristles. Medium to hard bristles will scrape the surface of your teeth and damage your enamel. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, as soft bristles will become jagged over time, causing the enamel to flake away bit by bit.
- Consuming Fruit. Fruit is a healthy option when consumed in moderation, however, the more fruit you eat, the more acid comes into contact with your enamel. Acid is known to eat away enamel and leave your teeth feeling extra sensitive. Avoid eating acidic fruit, such as grapefruit, lemons, or other citrus fruits, and yes, you may need to skip your glass of wine at dinner.
- Sugar in Your Diet. A sugary diet never ends well. Not only is sugar terrible for your waistline and your blood glucose, but sugary drinks like soda and juices increase cavities and tooth decay and – you guess it – erode enamel.
- Brushing Without Fluoride. Fluoride is an incredible mineral that helps protect our enamel. If your toothpaste does not contain fluoride, it may be worth it to go buy some. Fortunately, there is always some fluoride present in your drinking water.
- Skipping Dental Visits. The best way to prevent your enamel from disappearing completely is to catch it before it does. This means seeing your dentist at least twice per year for routine exams and cleanings. During the cleaning, the dental hygienist will be able to recognize if your enamel is indeed in danger. The dentist can then recommend a plan of treatment or a course of correction, including educating you on ways to protect your enamel.
Take the Next Step
If you have questions about your enamel, or you are searching for a dentist that will help you get on the right track to a healthy smile that lasts, please schedule an appointment with us at Premier Dental Center Seguin! We are offering new patients an exam, set of x-rays, and cleaning for just $59! We hope to see you, and your smile, soon.