It is really important that you take steps to protect the enamel of your teeth in order to help enjoy a healthy mouth and maintain a great smile.

The surface of your teeth is called enamel and it is the barrier that is needed to keep your teeth as healthy as possible and limit the amount of wear and tear that they suffer, although a certain amount if degradation is to be expected over time.

You aim should be to try and protect the enamel and reduce the impact of normal wear and tear as much as possible by taking a few simple steps and practicing some good dental defenses.

Banishing bacteria

Unless you have taken out something like Reassurance Dental Plans or a similar option, so that you can help cover some of the cost of dental work needed, you could be facing some large bills unless you take a proactive approach to oral hygiene and looking after your teeth in general.

Even if you have a great dental plan in place, you don’t want to face having repair work done unless you can help it, so one of the first steps is to try and banish bacteria in your mouth.

Sugary drinks and foods provide a fertile feeding ground for bacteria and once they are encouraged to grow uninhibited, they will then produce acids which will attack the enamel on your teeth soften it and eventually wear it away.

Certain soft drinks may even contain more acids than others and every time you eat some candy, they can stick to your teeth and start to wear down your enamel.

Although soft drinks that are made with artificial sweeteners are a better option than their sugary counterparts, the best option for your enamel is a glass of plain water, which is also a healthier option too.

Foods with protecting qualities

Another way of helping to protect your enamel is to try and make sure that your diet contains plenty of foods which are known to be beneficial in helping to protect your enamel.

Calcium is the key ingredient in this respect, as it helps to counteract the effects of foods that contain acids. This means that milk, cheese and other dairy products can help to protect and strengthen your enamel whilst also promoting healthy bones and strong teeth.

If you have a problem consuming dairy products, you can still derive the benefits by looking for foods which have calcium added.

Too much brushing

Maintaining a healthy mouth and great looking teeth will be a motivation for regularly brushing your teeth but it is worth pointing out that over-brushing can actually have a detrimental impact.

If you brush your teeth too vigorously and with excessive force you could have the effect of wearing down your enamel, so curb your enthusiasm to a certain extent or at least look for a toothbrush with a soft bristle.

Another point to remember is that if you have been eating some sweets or citrus fruits, avoid brushing your teeth immediately afterwards. It is best to wait at least an hour after consumption of acidic foods because they can soften the enamel and you would be brushing at a point where your teeth with would be most vulnerable to damage.

Remineralize cavities

There are certain supplements that you might want to consider which can help heal cavities and improve your oral health generally.

In order to help your body remineralize cavities it might be necessary to increase your mineral levels by using certain supplements. Vitamin D and coconut oil are two suggestions to consider and you might also want to contemplate taking a fermented cod liver oil and butter blend supplement to help remineralize cavities.

The importance of fluoride

The fact that the American Dental Association (ADA) refers to fluoride as nature’s cavity fighter is some recommendation and the hint should be taken.

Fluoride has the potential to not only strengthen your enamel but it can also provide some assistance in helping to repair the early stages of tooth decay. Another positive aspect of fluoride is that it can make your teeth more resistant to the acids that are present in certain foods and bacteria present in your mouth.

The suggestion from the ADA is to use fluoride toothpaste and also rinse with a mouthwash that has fluoride in it, as this will help to prevent cavities from appearing and encourage strong enamel.

Make sure you employ some good dental defenses to protect the enamel of your teeth.

Martin Prichard works in dental hygiene and enjoys the chance to share his insights with an online audience. His thoughts can be viewed on a variety dental health websites and blogs.

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