The enamel is easily one of the strongest parts of your body. But, as we all know, even the strongest link can be the weakest link when unprotected or when exposed to more than it can handle, right? This is the enamel – the white part of your teeth. You will eat hard and sweet foods and concoctions, but at some point, it gives in because all the things you eat weaken the enamel. And if you cannot pass a sugary treat for any reason, then you need to read each word in this article – you don’t want to lose your smile, do you?
The best part is that protecting and strengthening the enamel is not as expensive as you imagine. So, keep reading to uncover simple strategies that will keep your enamel strong, white, and straight.
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- Be choosy with your toothpaste
Remineralization of the enamel is critical to its strength. You see, giving in to those sugary pleasures does a lot more than make you happy – they make bacteria in the mouth happy and increase their numbers. The bacteria will convert the sugars into acid that eats the enamel away, causing demineralization. Flouride reverses that by encouraging further mineral loss while encouraging remineralization.
Other than fluoride, you can reduce mineral loss from the enamel by buying toothpaste with phosphate, sodium chloride, and dissolved calcium ions.
- Opt for sugar-free gum
Chewing is good for your oral health. It increases the production and flow of saliva. For the best effects, you should consider chewing after eating because the extra saliva will result in extra enamel strengthening by supplies extra calcium and phosphates. It also neutralizes while washing away acid produced by bacteria. Since the acid causes the enamel to chip away, you want to remove it. The sugar-free gum will also prevent tooth decay.
- Eat more nutritious foods
You are what you eat. As cliché as it sounds, it is the truth. Eating nutritious foods means that the body gets to strengthen the enamel from the inside out. Fortifying foods include dairy products like yogurt, kefir, cheese, and milk. These foods are rich in calcium and phosphorous which strengthen and remineralize the tooth enamel. They also promote the secretion of saliva, preventing bacterial buildup while balancing the mouth’s pH.
Other than dairy, you also need to eat more celery which will massage the gums, clean the surface, and promote saliva secretion. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants that promote overall good health. It also has malic acid which whitens the teeth and also removes the harmful tartar. Don’t skimp on meat because it’s rich in magnesium, phosphorus, and chicken.
On that note, reduce your intake of sugars and starchy foods.
- Brush your teeth well
Brushing your teeth well is as easy as brushing your teeth twice daily, using a soft-bristled brush. Replace your toothbrush after a maximum of 4 months. And brush your teeth holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.
For the inner, outer, and the chewing surfaces, brush back and forth. Up and down strokes for the inside surfaces of your front teeth and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Flossing is also important. Fortunately for you, there are several health Canada consultants coming up with improved brushes that promise to offer the best brushing experience.
- Stop grinding
- Treat GIT issues and take probiotics
- Take fruits and juices in moderation
- Drink more water