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How to Strengthen Your Tooth Enamel

The outer layer of the tooth, called the enamel, works as a shield, protecting the inner layer of the tooth.  While the enamel is incredibly durable, it can get damaged over time. Your daily eating and drinking habits and dental hygiene can affect your teeth enamel’s ability to resist demineralization and decay.

Since your oral care and food habits can either weaken or strengthen your tooth enamel, it’s important that you focus on limiting the risk of demineralization and promoting tooth remineralization.

Limiting Demineralization

With proper oral hygiene and care, you can repair weakened tooth enamel and reverse the risk of tooth loss. On the contrary, poor oral hygiene and use of tobacco and alcohol, consumption of a diet high in refined carbohydrates, and sugar can increase the risk of tooth demineralization or decay.

Reduce the risk of demineralization by following proper oral hygiene and avoiding or quitting tobacco, alcohol, and minimizing sugar intake. Drinking plenty of water and keeping yourself hydrated is also an effective way to limit the risk of demineralization.

Promoting Remineralization

Some of the best ways to promote remineralization include keeping your teeth free of tartar and plaque, brushing and flossing daily, and maintaining regular dental visits. Another way to remineralize your teeth is to expose them to fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps in strengthening the teeth. You can use fluoride-containing toothpaste or get a fluoride treatment at your family dentistry.

Drinking plenty of water and promoting saliva production are also effective ways to promote remineralization. This liquid will act as natural rinses to clean off bacteria and food particles in your teeth. Adding tooth-strengthening nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus to your diet is also a great way to remineralize your teeth.

From food to drinks and bacteria to various other elements, your teeth are put through a lot every day. Each time your teeth are exposed to these elements, a small number of minerals are lost. Too much demineralization will cause your teeth to wear down.

Taking measures to reduce demineralization and remineralize your teeth along with regular dental visits, can help keep your teeth and overall dental health healthy. Contact Southshore Dental to know how our professional dentist at our Trenton office can help you improve your smile and keeping your enamels strong and healthy.

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