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Four Easy Ways to Enable Tooth Enamel

Mar 18, 2014

By Dean George

Random thoughts on bees: since presumably more bees prefer honey than vinegar, is there a minority vinegar bee population we don’t know about? If being the “bees knees” is good, is the “bees bottom” like a bee bad boy? If fish swim in schools, are flying bees home schooled?

With the accessibility of spell check and online dictionaries, is the spelling bee an endangered species?

Bees Knees

Okay, I confess. The above thoughts aren't really random, but rather acknowledgment that while we've been circling the tooth enamel wagon this month, we've focused on protecting your enamel by avoiding things rather than writing about what you can do to strengthen enamel.

Don’t get the connection? Earlier posts in March have focused more on “don’ts” than “do’s,” or using vinegar rather than honey to make our point. Please don’t make me explain further. My head’s a scary place and I don’t like to go in there too often without a licensed therapist and a taser on stand-by.

Anyway, last week we listed five specific things that can damage tooth enamel. The week prior we discussed symptoms of weakening tooth enamel. Well, enough of being Ned Negative. Today we’re going to be Paul Positive by listing four things all of us can do to strengthen our tooth enamel. The first thing is…

Practice Good Oral Hygiene Shocking, I know. But hey, there’s a reason why 4 out of 5 dentists recommend brushing twice a day, flossing, using a mouthwash regularly, and oral check-ups every six months. Daily tooth maintenance is important – for our teeth and gums, our oral health -even our general health!

Recently I compared the natural essence of tooth enamel with the miraculous nature of aspirin. Another nominee for the wonderment sweepstakes is fluoride.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has proclaimed water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.  Nearly 75% of Americans receive the cavity prevention of fluoride from their public water supply, a fact that has been credited with improving the oral health of tens of millions of Americans since the 1950’s.

And let’s not forget the power of the brush! Many quality fluoridated toothpastes are available today, and if you are someone especially prone to cavities, fluoridated mouth rinses can provide another level of protection. If you use a manual toothbrush, be sure to swap that out every 90 days or immediately if you've recently had a cold or the flu.

And while flossing may seem as interesting as cleaning the lint out of your dryer hose, remember that floss is no respecter of food particles. Whether its tortilla remnants from that lunch burrito or spinach from a supper salad, floss is designed to go where toothbrush bristles fear to tread.  

Teeth Are on the Front Lines of What We Eat Felicia and I have both written extensively about the importance of diet on your teeth and oral health. For proof click on Healthy Smiles, Cavemen Did It or Recipes for a Healthy Mouth. Here’s the short version: it is best to avoid foods and drinks high in sugar and starch or those that are highly acidic.

If you give in to the temptation and consume something from the naughty list above, limit the time the offending food or drink is on your teeth. Rinse with water after drinking a sugary drink and following meals. Remember that drinking through a straw is a convenient means of protecting your teeth from harmful residue.

 Avoid Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clinching We covered the issue of bruxism in Don’t Grit Your Teeth and Bare It. Night guards and nocturnal bite plates (also called bite splints) fit snugly over teeth to help prevent the teeth from grinding together. Aside from prematurely wearing teeth out, these dental devices also help protect your enamel by putting less pressure on anterior teeth and the jawbone.

Regular check-ups At the risk of sounding like Mr. Obvious, the two keywords here are “regular” and “check-up.” It’s a safe bet that the American Dental Association and others recommend dental visits every 6 months for a reason. Plaque and tartar can build up quickly, especially if you don’t brush, floss and rinse regularly. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth, affect gum tissue and possibly lead to gum disease. Many popular food and beverages also stain teeth, and if the stains aren't removed with a dental cleaning or professional treatment, both the tooth and enamel can be adversely affected. 

As luck would have it though, we know some folks that can help with the cost of regular dental visits, cleanings, and assorted other issues that may arise. To see just how affordable regular visits to a local dentist can be, we invite you to click here.

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