Let’s talk about the hardest-working surface on your whole body: your tooth enamel. This thin, hard surface protects the softer dentin at the cores of your teeth from decay and cavities. Your enamel keeps your teeth looking white.
Let’s talk about how to keep your enamel strong and healthy.
If your tooth enamel could use some help, it might be time to check your diet. Foods that have neutral acid levels help even out the pH balance in your mouth and slow down enamel erosion.
Cheese, yogurt, and milk are rich in calcium and phosphorous, which help protect and remineralize enamel. Be sure to find sugar-free options.
Pears contain far less acid than other fruits.
Carrots, celery, and apples are full of fiber and water and require lots of chewing, which produces plenty of saliva, which helps ward off decay. These foods also gently dislodge other foods left in your mouth, a little bit like floss.
Meat, fish, and dark leafy greens are always excellent sources of vitamins and minerals.
We are not saying that you must go completely sugar-free or anything crazy like that! But choosing foods that remineralize your enamel will keep your mouth, and your whole body, healthy for a long time.
Protect and Preserve
The best way to keep your enamel as healthy as possible is a healthy diet, good oral hygiene, and regular visits to your dental hygienist.
Daily fluoride rinses also help remineralize your pearly whites. For more information on what fluoride does and how it helps, you’ll find this blog post super helpful!
~Dr. Marea White