Tooth enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that protects the teeth from decay. When tooth enamel is removed or damaged, there is no way to build more. Obviously it is super important to keep your tooth enamel as strong as possible. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do. One is to schedule biannual dentist appointments at one of the Smiles Dental offices throughout Washington and Oregon. Here are some additional tips to enhance your home oral care routine that can help keep your tooth enamel in tip-top shape.
Use a Toothpaste with Fluoride
Most toothpastes that you come across contain fluoride. In fact, it’s usually much harder to find a toothpaste at the store that does not contain fluoride. Still, it never hurts to check the list of ingredients on the back of your favorite brand of toothpaste to ensure that it contains fluoride. If it doesn’t, consider switching to a toothpaste that does.
Drink Plenty of Water
Many cities add fluoride to their tap water because it’s an easy way for their residents to keep their teeth strong and healthy and reduce their tooth decay by as much as 25%. Not only that, having a dry mouth has been proven to lead to an increase in tooth decay. Saliva helps keep cavities at bay and also contains phosphate and calcium, both of which help keep tooth enamel strong. Plus there are lots of other general health reasons to stay hydrated!
Maintain a Healthy Diet
There’s a reason that dentists always recommend limiting the amount of sugary foods you eat. Desserts and fruit juices contain a lot of sugar, which can break down tooth enamel and increase your risk for tooth decay. Starchy foods like bread, potatoes, and rice can have similar effects. On the other hand, foods that are high in calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and phosphate, are great for strengthening tooth enamel. Healthy choices like leafy greens, dairy products, fish, beans, almonds, sweet potatoes, and carrots are foods that help strengthen enamel.
Schedule a Fluoride Treatment
If you would like to take an extra step towards having strong, healthy teeth, you can always schedule a fluoride treatment along with your regular exam. These safe and effective treatments involve applying a high concentration of fluoride on the teeth where it will be absorbed, increasing your smile’s resistance against tooth decay. Smiles Dental is ready to help you prevent tooth decay. Contact us for preventive care today!