We all want to maintain strong, healthy, and attractive smiles for years to come, but sometimes this can seem like a tall order. Our Glendale dentists are here to help patients maintain optimal oral health through preventive and restorative dentistry. One of the best things that you can do for your smile, and that we can help you with, is protecting your dental enamel. When your enamel is strong and healthy, it can adequately protect the more vulnerable inner layers of your teeth.
Here are some things that you can do to safeguard your enamel:
Follow your dentist’s oral hygiene recommendations: brushing and flossing as recommended by your dental team will minimize the amount of harmful plaque and tartar that accumulates on your smile.
Keep up with professional cleanings: the ADA suggests that dental patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so. These cleanings allow our team to refresh your smile and clear away harmful bacteria.
Drink plenty of water: drinking water helps to clear away bacteria and dental debris. Additionally, when you are properly hydrated your body is able to produce plenty of bacteria-neutralizing, enamel-remineralizing saliva.
Minimize acidic foods and drinks: when you consume something acidic, your dental enamel is temporarily softened and more porous, which leaves it susceptible to erosion. Try to limit the amount of acid you expose your teeth to, and do not brush for 20 to 30 minutes after acid exposure.
Cut out bad dental habits: if you find yourself regularly chomping on ice or hard candies, make a point to stop! These habits can cause small cracks or chips in your dental enamel, which can accumulate bacteria and intensify over time.
No matter what the current state of your smile, you can take steps to protect your oral health for the long-term. Feel free to contact our Glendale dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page to schedule a personal consultation!