Your teeth have an outer layer called the enamel. Tooth enamel is what protects teeth from decay. Over time, enamel can wear down and make your pearly whites vulnerable to damage. Your Birmingham dental team can help you keep your teeth strong for a beautiful smile. Here are some things you can do at home to protect tooth enamel so it can continue protecting your teeth.

Eat and Drink to Protect Tooth Enamel

Drinking water rather than soda is making a choice that helps protect your enamel. Consuming soda, as well as sugary foods, help feed the bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria thrives on sugar and starts to break down your enamel which can lead to permanent damage to your teeth. It’s not all about avoiding foods, there are some foods that help make your enamel strong too. Foods rich in calcium can help your bones, teeth, and enamel stay strong. Dairy products contain calcium, but there are non-dairy options too. White beans, broccoli, and almonds are examples of some calcium-rich foods.

Brushing Habits to Protect Tooth Enamel

Avoid over-brushing your teeth and brushing them too harshly. Use a soft-bristled brush to brush your teeth and use a gentle, back and forth motion when brushing.  Don’t brush them too hard or too fast. Talk to the Roberson Dental team about brushing techniques that protect enamel. Also, remember to use a toothpaste with fluoride. If your city doesn’t add fluoride to their water supply or if you drink bottled water, ask your dentist about fluoride treatments.

Regular Checkups

Make sure to keep your regular appointments for teeth cleaning and exams with Dr. Roberson. Seeing a dentist regularly is key to maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth. Early detection is key to effective treatment. Contact us today to schedule your next exam.

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