Do you ever wince when you have a bite of ice cream? Or, have you noticed that your teeth are looking yellowish? Symptoms of enamel erosion often creep up slowly. Several things cause it like prolonged exposure to acidic foods or brushing too hard. It also happens due to mineral loss. But, don't worry. There are some things you can do to encourage repair of weakened tooth enamel.
Remineralize Your Enamel
Saliva is a hard worker when it comes to remineralizing your teeth enamel, notes the American Dental Association (ADA). When you eat something sticky or sugary, little acid attacks erupt in your mouth that strips your enamel of vital minerals. After the attacks, saliva swishes around your mouth, cleaning off debris and redepositing those lost minerals.
If your mouth seems dry, chew a piece of sugar-free gum to ramp up saliva production. The ADA recommends drinking fluoridated tap water throughout the day so that the minerals being redeposited on your teeth are stronger and resilient in the face of tooth decay. Use a remineralizing toothpaste like Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mineral Repair that gently whitens your teeth but also strengthens them by adding calcium back into their surface.
Getting rid of plaque is super important in the fight against those acid attacks. Plaque contains pesky bacteria that produce acid when exposed to sugar. Even so, you have to go easy on your enamel. Take a look at your toothbrush. Are the bristles splayed out in all directions? You're probably brushing too hard. Keep on brushing twice a day, both the surface of your teeth and along the gum line, but lighten up just a little. Try a soft-bristled toothbrush that's meant to gently polish and protect your enamel like Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Sensitive Toothbrush.
Seek Help from Your Dentist
If you notice something serious like severe pain in a specific spot, you might need professional help. Your dentist will have solutions for problems like nighttime teeth grinding or cracked molars. If the damage is extensive, he or she might recommend bonding or veneers for repairing the surface of your teeth. Crowns are caps that can be fitted right over your molars in the case of advanced enamel erosion.
Be gentle on your teeth! Do what you can to support tooth enamel repair in the choices you make every day. Healthy enamel is the best defense against serious dental problems. Taking the right steps will strengthen your teeth and brighten your smile.