How to Protect Your Enamel and Keep Your Teeth Strong
Tooth enamel is the hard, outer layer of your teeth that protects them.i Enamel is the strongest substance in your body – even stronger than bone – but it can still be weakened by acids in everyday foods and drinks such as fruits and fruit juice, sodas and sports drinks.ii, iii, iv Your body can’t naturally replace this lost enamel, so it’s important to know the simple steps you can take to reduce the risks of tooth enamel loss and actively help to prevent it.i
How to Protect Your Enamel Against Acids in Your Diet
The good news is that it’s possible to both reduce your ongoing risk of tooth enamel loss and actively strengthen acid-weakened enamel.
1. Cut Back on Acidic Foods and Drinks
The acids in food and beverages like sour candy, sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices, can wear away your enamel over time. This is called ‘tooth erosion’.iv
2. Try Water or Dairy After an Acidic Meal or Drink
While it’s best to avoid acidic treats, if you do indulge occasionally, try rinsing your mouth with water or enjoying a dairy-based snack – like a cube of cheese – afterwards. The calcium in dairy products helps neutralize acids that attack your enamel.iv
3. Don’t Brush Your Teeth Immediately After Meals
Tempting as it may be to brush your teeth straight after a meal, the optimum time to brush is about one hour after eating. This will allow your saliva some time to naturally wash away acids and help to reharden your enamel.iv
4. Drink Acidic Drinks Through a Straw to Avoid Contact With Your Teeth
Drinking through a straw helps push the liquid to the back of your mouth and away from your teeth. Don’t swish acidic drinks around, or keep them in, your mouth.iv
5. Better Still, Drink Water
Drinking water helps rinse away dietary acids and is especially important if you have low saliva volume. Saliva is the mouth’s natural defense against acid, helping to neutralize acidity and remineralize tooth enamel. If you aren’t producing enough, your risk of tooth enamel loss increases.vi
6. Chew Sugar-Free Gum After Eating
Chewing gum boosts saliva production, which can help to neutralise acids from sugary food and drinks. Always look for gum with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.iv
7. Brush Twice a Day with a Soft Toothbrush
One of the easiest ways you can protect your enamel is with a good oral care routine. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, brushing gently twice a day for at least two minutes.v
8. Brush Your Teeth With Pronamel
Pronamel toothpaste has a clinically proven ingredient to help rebuild enamel strength – making it stronger, healthier and better protected against the effects of everyday acids.* Its specially designed formula works to help essential minerals penetrate deep into the enamel surface, actively strengthening and rehardening weakened enamel every time you brush.
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In addition to the above tips, be sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups every six months to help detect enamel loss at its earliest stage. By taking simple steps every day, you can help protect against enamel loss and enjoy a stronger, healthier smile.
*With twice-daily brushing.