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How can I keep my tooth enamel strong?

Enamel is the outer protective surface of your teeth. It is important to keep your enamel healthy and strong as it cannot repair itself once it becomes damaged. It is white in colour and when teeth become discoloured, this is often because the enamel has worn away.

What does tooth enamel do?

The main purpose of your tooth enamel is to protect the inner layers of the teeth. These layers contain lots of nerves and when they become exposed, it can cause pain and sensitivity. Your tooth enamel also helps to keep your teeth free of decay.

How can you protect your enamel?

As we explained earlier, it is important to keep your enamel strong as it has an important role in protecting your teeth. There are a few simple steps that you can take to help protect your enamel.

Limit your sugar intake

We all know that sugar is our teeth’s worst enemy and this is no exception when it comes to enamel. The bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar in your food and drinks. This produces acid which softens and wears away your enamel. Be aware of how much sugar you are consuming and try to stick to the recommended amount per day (30g for over 11-year-olds). Sugar-free soft drinks are better for your teeth but are still acidic. The best drinks for your teeth are water or milk.

Eat calcium-rich foods

Calcium is great for strengthening bones and teeth. It also counteracts any acids that are present in your mouth – protecting your teeth from tooth decay. Milk, cheese and other dairy products like quark and yogurt all help to keep your teeth strong. If you are trying to keep your calorie intake down, opt for low fat or fat-free products. You can also absorb calcium from other foods like leafy greens and shellfish.

Don’t brush too hard

You may think that there’s no such thing as brushing your teeth too much, but this is not correct. Brushing too often, or with too much pressure and force can wear down your enamel. It is also important to wait an hour after eating before you brush your teeth. This is because acidic foods soften the enamel, making it much easier for you to damage it from brushing.

Attend regular dental appointments

As well as looking after your teeth at home, it is very important that you attend regular appointments with your dentist. This will allow them to carefully examine your teeth and gums, and spot any potential problems before they develop further. Diagnosing a potential problem at an early stage often means much quicker, easier and often cheaper treatment.

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