However, the dental enamel can be easily susceptible to erosion if you do not respect a daily dental health regimen or if you consume the wrong foods and beverages. You should do everything possible to protect and strengthen the tooth enamel- only this way will you be able to enjoy strong and beautiful teeth.
The dentin is a much weaker substance than enamel, and this is why it is important to maintain enamel healthy. Otherwise, the acidic and erosive effects of different foods and drinks would damage irreversibly the structure of the tooth. Within the dentin, there are tiny dental tubes available, which are responsible for the stimulation of the dental nerves.
So whenever you eat sweets, or sip a hot cup of coffee, your dental enamel is basically protecting you from feeling those sharp, throbbing sensations. This is why people with a weaker dental enamel have sensitive teeth, and their dentin and nerves are much more exposed to the outside factors.
Protect your dental enamel – pay attention to the following:
-fruit drinks or soft drinks in excess can damage dental enamel. These beverages are rich in acids, and dental enamel is prone to erosion.
-never brush your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods/drinks. With this you will only “spread” the acids on your teeth, and greater damage will be done. Wait for about half an hour after the consumption of acidic foods, and brush only after that.
-proper production of saliva is important. The saliva is actually fighting against dental decay because it neutralizes the bad acids, and helps flushing away all the food particles from your body. If you struggle with the dry mouth syndrome, drink plenty of liquids, chew sugarless gum to favor saliva production.
-dental enamel can also be eroded by the acids brought from the stomach into the mouth when you have GERD (Acid Reflux Disease)
-teeth grinding, brushing the teeth by applying a huge force can also wear down enamel. Wear a special night mouth guard to control grinding, and always use a soft brush to avoid deteriorating natural enamel
What can you do to protect and strengthen dental enamel?
-drink fewer carbonated drinks, and fewer fruit juices
-get in the habit of rinsing your mouth with pure water each time after a meal. You don’t have time for brushing, but a rinse can help greatly eliminating all food particles and debris from the mouth which would ultimately damage the tooth enamel.
-try to get used to drinking beverages using a straw. This way, you will avoid allowing the drink to come in contact with your teeth.
-acids in your mouth will be neutralized if you will eat a tiny piece of cheese after the main meals
-increase saliva flow by drinking more pure water. It hydrates your organism and it helps your dental health as well.
-use a fluoridated toothpaste and a non-alcoholic mouthwash. If you have sensitive teeth, it is highly recommend to pay even more attention to the protection of your enamel.