Tips For Strengthening Your Dental Enamel

Posted on: 25 March 2019

If you have recently been to the dentist and have learned that your enamel is thin, eroded, or just generally in need of some strengthening, then you should know that there are some easy ways that you can work towards healthier teeth in between dental service visits. Keep reading to learn about a few ways you can go about doing this.

Eat Calcium Rich Foods

Your dental enamel is constantly being worn down and build back up through a demineralization and remineralization process. Demineralization occurs when the teeth are exposed to acidic foods and bacteria wastes and remineralization is where your body replaces these lost minerals. To ensure that remineralization can occur, you must provide your body with the raw materials to strengthen the enamel. These minerals include calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium. 

So, you need to make sure you are eating foods that are high in these nutrients. Calcium can be found in broccoli and dairy products while vitamin D can be produced by your own body when you are exposed to sunlight. Magnesium can be found in spinach, black beans, and fortified grains. Bananas, spinach, and sweet potatoes are high in potassium. 

Make sure that you are eating foods daily that contain all the enamel healthy nutrients you need. Some micronutrients are essential to remineralization as well, so eating a diet that is generally high in fruits, vegetables, and nutrient dense foods is a good choice to help keep enamel strong. 

Use The Right Dental Products

Some of the oral care products you use can actually damage your dental enamel. This is true of some whitening toothpastes that have strong and hard compounds that are meant to force the debris from the teeth. For example, aluminum is one additive that is meant to release food particles, plaque, and stains from the teeth. However, it will also release some of the enamel.

So, if you want to strengthen your enamel, you need to stop damaging it with toothpastes that scrape the teeth. Opt for abrasive free toothpastes or look for ones that have more natural ingredients like seaweed and baking soda. 

Your toothbrush also should be gentle on the teeth, so never use one with stiff or hard bristles. You want a soft or medium stiffness brush that is used with gentle pressure. Holding the toothbrush towards the end of the handle can help you to reduce the pressure on your teeth and reduce enamel damage.