Tooth enamel is the tough outer shell that protects the surface of each tooth. Acidic drinks, such as wine, fruit drinks, coffee and soda, can erode and stain the enamel on your teeth, so to preserve its integrity, it’s important to try to limit these beverages or drink them through a straw, avoiding direct contact with the teeth.
If you’re worried about tooth enamel loss, take this quick quiz:
- Do you have more sensitivity to hot, cold and sweet foods and drinks?
- Have you noticed increased chips and cracks in your teeth, or have they become more jagged or rough?
- Are your teeth getting noticeably more yellow? Yellowing teeth result from the dentin showing through from behind worn tooth enamel.
- Are there an increasing amount of indentations on the surface of your teeth?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above, it’s time to visit your dentist. In the meantime, you can take a few proactive measures to help preserve precious tooth enamel. Be sure to brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and floss daily, but wait 30 minutes after eating food or drinking anything acidic, as enamel is temporarily softened during this time. Drinking more water also helps to increase saliva output, which can help protect enamel.
If enamel is already damaged or unsightly, inquire about procedures to restore enamel appearance, such as bonding and crowns when you visit your dentist. These procedures can make dramatic improvements.
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