It’s been said that a brighter smile translates positivity and success, while giving others the impression that teeth are healthy and strong. Thus, many are surprised to learn that behind the most brilliant smiles, teeth might not be as healthy as they think. Whether due to genetic factors, illness, disease or bad habits, the outer layer of teeth known as the enamel can weaken. It’s important to understand that weak tooth enamel can undermine one’s oral health, without discoloring their smile, as reported by Colgate. Even so, the good news is that it is possible to strengthen tooth enamel.
Perhaps you’ve heard of tooth erosion. This is the process by which tooth enamel is depleted. For instance, suppose an individual eats a diet high in fermentable carbohydrates such as sodas, candy, cookies and breads. These carbohydrates team up with existing bacteria in the mouth, wreaking havoc on tooth enamel. As minerals are lost, tooth enamel is vulnerable to breakdown.
Dentists suggest adding oral health products containing fluoride, including fluoridated water to one’s regimen to prevent the wear and tear produced by carbohydrates and bacteria. In turn, a diet that prevents demineralization is recommended. Whole grains, certain fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and dairy products help manage the pH levels in the mouth. These encourage saliva flow and the washing away of harmful bacteria. While tooth enamel doesn’t contain regenerative cells to rebuild healthy enamel, fluoride and a balanced diet equips enamel to resist further attack.
It’s also important to make sure that you’re brushing and flossing regularly and properly. Dentists suggest brushing twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, not a hard-bristled one. The position of the toothbrush is also important. For instance, the brush should be placed at a 45-degree angle, and brushing should include short strokes. When done properly, brushing takes about two minutes. Additionally, it’s important to brush other areas, including the tongue and insides of the cheeks where bacteria congregate.
While choosing the right foods and committing to an oral health routine will certainly strengthen tooth enamel, perhaps the best thing to do is visit your dentist regularly. Dentists provide insight into one’s oral and overall health that are essential to helping individuals obtain healthy teeth, from the inside out.
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