How to prevent enamel damage ?
Enamel is the hardest outermost covering of teeth. It is made up of minerals primarily hydroxyapatite.
It is very important to protect it from damage because once it is lost means lost forever. We cannot regrow enamel. We all know that prevention is better than cure.
There are so many natural ways to protect enamel damage.
Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet food and drinks are the common feature of enamel loss. Loss of shining surface of teeth are the feature of enamel damage, which is ultimately leads to cavity formation.
There are so many simple ways by which we can protect tooth enamel. By these following simple steps we can prevent enamel loss.
1. Prevent dryness of mouth
Any disease which decreases the production of saliva makes the enamel more prone to damage. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate that helps to protect tooth enamel. Chewing is the best way to increase the production of saliva. By chewing food while eating, we can protect tooth enamel. Drinking in moderation also help to protect tooth enamel.
2. Gastro oesophageal Reflux (GERD)
It is a condition when stomach acid comes out in mouth and damaging the teeth. If somebody is suffering from acid reflux disease, by avoiding food such as citrus fruit, tomatoes, chocolate, mint, spicy food, alcohol and carbonated drinks we can get rid of acid reflux.
Taking heavy meals and lying just after meals leads to acid reflux. Smoking is also one of the main culprits.
3. Rinsing the mouth
Rinse your mouth thoroughly after each meal especially after taking acidic and sugar meals.
4. Sugar free chewing gum
Chewing gum increases the production of saliva and wash off acid and sugar from teeth and protects enamel from developing cavity.
5. Say NO to soda, citrus fruit, juices and alcohol drinks
Soft drink widely consumed especilly in summer season. It is main contributing factor to promote enamel damage.
6. Brush twice daily
Teeth should be brushed twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft bristle toothbrush. Brushing washes out food particles that damage your teeth. Brush your teeth atleast one after taking acidic food or drinks.
7. Morning brush
Temperature inside the mouth is favourable for the growth of bacteria in food particles in between teeth. so morning brush is very important for prevention of bad breath and gum diseases.
8. Floss every day
Flossing removes the plaques and also remove the food particles which cannot be cleared by rinsing of mouth.
9. Love dairy products
Cheese produces saliva which clears food particles in between teeth. Calcium and phosphate of dairy products help in remineralize enamel.
10. Gentle brushing
Vigorous brushing leads to enamel damage. It can be prevented by gentle brushing with extra soft toothbrush.
11. Control Bruxism (Tooth Grinding)
Bruxusm is a condition in which people grind or clench their teeth. Grinding may lead to torn off enamel and increased tooth pain and sensitivity. By providing slints, mouth gaurds and by dental correction bruxism is controlled. Stress/anxiety management and behavioral changes also improves bruxism.
12. Regular Dentist Appointment
Dentist appointment will detect early enamel damage and guidance to reduce it.