Gentle Dentistry 173 Terrace Street, Haworth, NJ 07641 (201) 384-1611



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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
December 19, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth enamel  

Your teeth are “doing battle” pretty much every day. Every time you chew or drink something, the enamel of your teeth is at risk of staining and weakening. This causes cosmetic and dental health problems that can be costly to fix in the future. Luckily there are ways to protect your tooth enamel now so that it will stay strong—here are a few tips from the Bergen County dentist office of Gentle Dentistry, P.A.Tooth enamel

Tooth Enamel Erosion
There are several layers that make up a human tooth—the outer enamel, dentin and the inner pulp. The enamel is relatively strong and substantial, but the acidic content of many foods, drinks and other substances can wear down on it over time. You have to actively protect the surface of your teeth every day with good dental and oral care habits.

Avoid Smoking
One way to protect your teeth from erosion is to stop smoking. Continuous cigarette smoking leaves tar residue on your teeth that breaks down the enamel. If you do still smoke, or are going through a slow smoking cessation program, talk to your Bergen County dentist about the benefits of wearing a mouth guard or tray that can provide some protection to your teeth and gums.

Eliminate Sugar
Sugar is a corrosive agent that also wears down on your tooth enamel. Switch out your sugar-filled treats, gum and beverages with sugar-free options to protect your enamel from damage. Don’t allow the residue from any sugary food or beverage to stay on your teeth for long periods of time—gargle and rinse it away as soon as possible.

Brush with an Enamel Protecting Toothpaste
A number of products are on the market that advertise enamel protection for your teeth—try these brands if you’re concerned about dental health. Dental experts say that any quality toothpaste with fluoride will strengthen your enamel. Brush twice per day. 

Keep up Regular Dentist Visits
One of the best ways that you can protect your tooth enamel is to maintain regular visits at the Bergen County dentist office of Gentle Dentistry, P.A. Reach the office via phone at (201) 384-1611 or by visiting to request an appointment over the internet