Ways You’re Damaging Your Enamel

You want to keep your dental enamel safe, so you brush and floss! You want to keep it clean and free of stains, so you are thoughtful about the toothpaste you choose. You want to be careful about the things you drink, so you avoid sugary beverages. These are all good starts. However, if you’re not sure about whether you’re following through toward ends that include success or if you are accidentally putting your enamel in harm’s way, well … you need a little more information! Our Southlake, TX team has just the examples to help you feel sure you’re on track with keeping your enamel safe.

When You Brush And Floss

If you brush and floss, then you’re removing plaque that can damage your enamel. You’re removing food particles that can contribute. However, our team asks: Are you gentle? If you’re using a brush with hard bristles (instead of the suggested soft) or you’re very aggressive with brushing and flossing, you may be harming your enamel instead of protecting it. Go easy for success!

When You Select Toothpaste

Yep, if you’re checking off the boxes as you go, then you’re finding toothpaste that you like, that is accepted by the ADA, and that has fluoride. However, we need you to go one step further to be sure you’re not using anything abrasive at all! Otherwise, even what seems like gentle scrubbing can harm your dental enamel over time. Safe toothpaste will keep your smile clean. If you want whiter teeth, you’ll need cosmetic care.

When You Skip Sugary Drinks

Of course, avoiding sugar in your beverage is helpful to keep your enamel and your overall oral health safe. Sugar coats teeth, feeds bacteria, and can lead to tooth decay and more! However, it’s also significant that you ask yourself whether the beverage you have selected is acidic. If it is, then you’re still exposing your teeth to potential damage. Remember, even diet soda is still highly acidic, so it’s still dangerous. In short, stick with water as much as you can (or follow not-so-safe beverages with water to cleanse teeth).

Let Us Help With Enamel Protection

Remember to bring up your questions about lifestyle choices when you visit with our team for dental checkups, as they apply to your oral health. We will be happy to offer answers, as well as advice, for smile care. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.