Tooth enamel can demineralize over time, even though it is the hardest substance in the body. Demineralization weakens tooth enamel and can lead to cavities, tooth sensitivity, and chips in the teeth. To strengthen your teeth, simply follow these seven steps listed below.
Be Aware Of Your Diet
The bacteria that cause cavities feed off of the sugar and starch we eat everyday and produce enamel-eroding acid. The acid present in citrus fruits, soda, pickles, and tomatoes also weakens the enamel. It is best to try and limit your sugar intake to no more than thirteen grams per day. Limiting your sugar intake to this amount will significantly reduce your risk of oral health concerns. Remember that refined carbohydrates like pasta, chips, bread, and crackers convert to sugar.
Use A Straw For Acidic Drinks
Soda, orange juice, lemonade, and coffee are all highly acidic. You can limit your enamel’s exposure to the acid from these drinks by using a straw. You should also avoid sipping an acidic drink slowly throughout the day. Instead try to drink your beverage with your meal and rinse your mouth with water once you are done.
Snack Less Often
Bacteria have a better opportunity to fester when your teeth are consistently exposed to sugar and acid. Limit how often you snack if you cannot significantly limit your sugar and refined carbohydrate intake.
End Meals With Cheese
Studies show that the whey protein and casein in many cheeses help to reduce enamel demineralization. Chewing on cheese will also stimulate saliva flow, which helps to wash away bacteria and acid.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
If you are going to chew gum, make sure it is sugar-free. Sugar-free gum can helps to stimulate saliva, which washes away bacteria and the acid it creates. Look for sugar-free gum that contains a natural sweetener called xylitol.
Use The Right Toothbrush And Toothpaste
Using a rough toothbrush can damage your enamel. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be mindful about how much pressure you are applying while brushing. Check your toothpaste for the ingredient Glycerin, which can interfere with strengthening your teeth.
Calcium phosphate and fluoride, are the ingredients in remineralizing gels. They have been scientifically proven to strengthen tooth enamel. Remineralizing gels often come in a pen or in teeth-whitening trays that you can apply to your teeth at home.
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