You are probably familiar with Osteoporosis, a condition in which aging can lead to the bones in your body becoming weaker. However, you may not be aware that, as you age, your teeth can also become weaker. Having strong, healthy teeth is important during every stage of your life, and there is a lot you can do to keep your teeth strong.
If you’ve been wondering how you can preserve enamel naturally, we have a few ideas that we would like to share with you. These simple ideas won’t mean major changes to your lifestyle, and they might help you prevent the dental sensitivity that comes with weakened enamel.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum After Meals – When you chew gum it helps your mouth create more saliva. That extra saliva helps wash away acid from your mouth that is left behind by the food and drinks you have just enjoyed. Clearing the acid from your mouth after meals will help protect your teeth. Choose a gum with the ADA seal of approval. (Staying well hydrated is another great way to make sure your saliva can do its job. Remember that if your mouth feels dry, your enamel may be suffering.)
- Use Straws – Certain drinks like soda, lemonade, juice, coffee, certain teas and alcohol can really weaken your tooth enamel. When you drink these drinks, do your teeth a favor and drink them through a straw. Straws will help reduce these beverages contact with your teeth. You might be tempted to brush your teeth immediately after these kinds of drinks, but the acid in these drinks temporarily weakens your teeth. So, you should wait at least an hour after drinking these beverages to brush your teeth, in order to avoid causing damage to your enamel.
- Drink More Milk – The calcium in milk and other dairy products can help you naturally rebuild your tooth enamel. However, always remember to brush your teeth after enjoying your enamel-building glass of milk.
If you have any question about other ways to preserve enamel naturally, please contact us. We would love to answer any of your general dentistry questions and help you get back to your healthiest smile.