Tips For Rebuilding And Strengthening Teeth
You only get one set of teeth in your life, so it is imperative that you try to take good care of them. If neglected, teeth can quickly become worn, damaged and may require treatment. Treatment can sometimes be costly so it’s best that your visit a highly skilled clinic, such as ours, to prevent problems before they occur. On the other hand, a range of dental problems can arise from seemingly innocuous activities, such as drinking soft drinks, or more obviously, from smoking. Likewise, your teeth may already having issues or naturally occuring problems such as wisdom teeth disrupting the rest of your teeth. In any case, there are things that you can always to do rebuild and strengthen your teeth. Give these tips a try to see if they help.
The enamel on your teeth serves as a protective layer between the interior of your teeth and the outside world. It helps keep bacteria away from the living tissue inside your teeth to prevent cavities. However, over time this layer can become cracked or worn. Your body is capable of slowly rebuilding the enamel on your teeth, but in many cases, the damage occurs more quickly than your body can respond. This is what leads to cavities and other dental problems. To reduce the amount of wear and tear on your teeth, you need to make sure that you practice good dental hygiene and watch what you eat as some foods can disrupt normal tooth behaviour.
Diet and your teeth
One of the leading causes of damage to tooth enamel comes from various forms of acids found in the foods we eat. These low pH chemicals can break down the enamel and cause it to gradually weaken. By avoiding acidic foods or beverages and brushing and rinsing regularly, you can slow down the damage to your teeth caused by food acid.
For example, if you tend to drink a lot of coffee, tea, orange juice, or other drinks that contain a high concentration of food acids, these can potentially be weakening your teeth. Try to cut back on the amount of the above beverages that you drink, or eliminate them entirely from your diet. If you just can’t bear to give them up, try drinking them through a straw to minimize the contact with your precious teeth.
After a cup of coffee or a bottle of soft drink, rinse your mouth thoroughly with fresh water to wash the acid away from your teeth. However, you should not brush your teeth immediately after you have had one of these drinks. Doing so may actually make the problem worse, since the enamel may have been softened by the acids. Instead, dentists recommend that you should wait at least 30 minutes before you brush to let the enamel recover. Your saliva has the ability to naturally strengthen your enamel, so let it do its work before you brush.
Chewing gum can actually help strengthen your teeth as well, as long as you choose a sugar-free variety. When you chew gum, you produce more saliva, which helps to strengthen your teeth. Gum that contains Xylitol can be particularly beneficial for your teeth. Your breath will smell better too!
Have regular checkups
As we mentioned, it’s always better to prevent any potential health problems from occurring in the first place than having to deal with it down the track. Stick to these steps and make sure to book an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year to check on the health of your teeth. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with us over the phone (02) 6181 0771.