Minimize Enamel Damage Over Time With Our O’Fallon Cosmetic Dentists
Because your teeth are subjected to so many different substances, and expected to do so much work every day, they tend to dull and wear down somewhat over time. It is impossible to completely avoid enamel thinning, but there are certain things that you can do to help your smile over the long-term.
Here are some tips from our O’Fallon dentists about making sure that your teeth last:
1. Address any chronic problems
Conditions like bruxism (which is characterized by dental grinding and clenching) put immense pressure onto your otherwise healthy dental enamel. It is crucial that you address and correct these conditions as soon as you notice them. So if you find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth, talk to your dentist about this right away.
2. Clean your teeth properly
The biggest threat to your smile is plaque, because plaque is filled with oral bacteria. Bacteria produce acid, which weaken both your teeth and your oral tissues.
In order to keep plaque in check, you need to follow your dentist’s recommendations when caring for your teeth at home (flossing, brushing, and perhaps using a mouth rinse). You also need to undergo deep cleanings around twice a year.
3. Be mindful of acidic substances
Drinks and foods with a lot of acid of them—including many juices—diminish dental enamel over time. So try to limit your consumption of highly acidic foods/beverages. And when you do expose your teeth to acids, rinse out your mouth with water shortly after.
By staying consistent with your oral health care, and by working closely with your dental team, you can keep your smile in tiptop shape for years to come. The important thing is to make a plan that you can stick to. So contact our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists to get the help and support that you need!