Posted on 8/20/2018 by Karl Olson
|Having healthy teeth starts with having a strong layer of enamel. If you don't know, the enamel is the hardest part of the tooth.
This material makes up the outer layer of the tooth surface and protects the rest of the tooth from wear and tear. Considering the amount of abuse your teeth go through, it is vital to keep your enamel as strong as possible.
In spite of this, many of our patients come to us with enamel that has been severely eroded away. To keep this from happening, we have dedicated our practice to helping keep our patients informed. Here are some things that will erode your enamel, and hence should be avoided.
Dry MouthIf you have a mouth that is excessively dry, you will have problems in a few areas. First, you will be more prone to halitosis (bad breath). Second, you will have more problems keeping your enamel strong and intact.
This is because your saliva plays an important role in keeping the bacteria population in your mouth at a manageable level. As you know, your mouth is filled with microorganisms. These organisms excrete an acidic substance as a byproduct of their biological processes; this substance, in turn wears down the enamel.
By keeping the saliva flowing in your mouth, you can keep the acid levels down. If you suffer from dry mouth, be sure to frequently take a sip of water. Swish it around your mouth, helping to rinse away excess bacteria.
Too Much of a Good Thing
We get it: soft drinks taste good. But they also contain numerous compounds that wreak havoc on your enamel. It's best to cut back on soft drinks. If you do feel that you have to drink them, follow each sip with a drink of water to help rinse away the harmful compounds.
If you have any other questions about your teeth, please contact us. We are here to help educate you!