Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. The shiny, white enamel that covers your teeth is even stronger than bone. According to Mouth Healthy, this resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body – making it durable and damage-resistant.
Strong enamel is an essential part of your dental health. Your enamel is what helps to protect your teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. When your enamel weakens, it puts you at greater risk for cavities, tooth decay, infection, and even tooth loss.
Fortunately, there are a few simple ways you can help to keep your enamel strong and healthy to maintain your dental health. Here's what you can do to protect your teeth:
- Brush your teeth gently. According to the American Dental Association, it's recommended to brush your teeth twice a day to help fight back against cavities. Plaque build-up on your teeth only needs 24 hours before it turns into tartar, which increases your risk of cavities. However, you don't need to scrub your teeth to remove plaque. In fact, brushing your teeth too hard can actually wear away your enamel and put you at greater risk for cavities. That said, to brush your teeth properly while taking care of your enamel, brush your teeth gently in small circles for at least two minutes. Regular dental care and daily flossing will help to keep plaque away. No aggressive brushing is needed.
- Avoid acidic beverages. While it's true that the sugar in sodas and energy drinks can really do a number on your dental health, it isn't just the sugar that's a problem. Acidic beverages such as sparkling water and seltzer have also been found to damage your enamel. For comparison, sparkling water has a pH level between 3 and 4 while regular water has a pH level between 6.5 and 8.5. The reason for the added acidity is because carbonation is caused by adding carbon dioxide under pressure, resulting in carbonic acid in the water. Too many acidic beverages can not only damage your enamel over time, but it can also cause indigestion. Try to stick to regular water to maintain the strength of your enamel and to improve your dental care.
- Eat calcium rich foods. Diet plays an important part in keeping the enamel on your teeth strong. Calcium, specifically, is essential for strong, healthy teeth because it helps remineralize enamel. Keeping a healthy number of dairy products, leafy greens, and nuts in your diet could help with strengthening of tooth enamel and protect your teeth from stains.
- Use a dental gel.Periodic dental cleaning with a plaque removing dental gel can help keep cavity-causing bacteria away from your teeth. The bacteria present in plaque use the starch and sugar in the foods that you eat and drink to create acids, which eat away at your tooth's enamel over time. A plaque removing dental gel helps to keep plaque from forming on your teeth and giving these bacteria the food they need to develop enamel-weakening acids.
LIVFRESH Dental Gel can help to keep plaque and tartar off of your teeth so you can focus on maintaining proper dental care. To learn more about the benefits of our dental gel, contact LIVFRESH today.