Protect Your Enamel With Tips From Our San Francisco Dentist

One of the best things that you can do for the long-term health of your smile is to maintain healthy and strong dental enamel. Dental enamel is the outermost layer of a tooth—it is the first line of defense against bacteria and other foreign substances.

Here are some tips from our San Francisco Dentist on protecting your dental enamel!

1. Drink plenty of water

When you drink water, you work to flush away bacteria and dental debris that may weaken your enamel. Water also promotes saliva production, and saliva naturally remineralizes (fortifies) dental enamel.

2. Limit acidic substances

Acidic foods and drinks—like fruit juices and sodas—weaken dental enamel over time. When you do indulge in things with high acid contents, please rinse your mouth with water shortly after consuming them (this limits the amount of time that the acidic substance can sit on your enamel). Also, do not brush your teeth for at least one half hour after you eat or drink, as during this time your enamel will be weaker and thus at risk of being buffed away.

3. Treat bruxism promptly

Bruxism is a condition characterized by chronic dental grinding or clenching. Every time that your teeth rub together due to bruxism, your dental enamel is put under and enormous amount of pressure. Over time this can cause the enamel on your bite surfaces to thin. If you notice that you are grinding or clenching your teeth, please reach out to your dentist to find a solution—many patients benefit from protective mouthguards that they wear at night to protect their teeth.

Our dental team is here to help you maintain a healthy smile for the long-term. If you want to learn more about how you can protect your dental enamel, please feel free to call our office and set up a consultation with our San Francisco dentist Dr. Walley!