How Do You Prevent Tooth Enamel Decay?
Enamel, the hard mineral surface covering the visible part of our teeth, can be worn away by smoking, drinking soda, grinding, and brushing with excessive force. Once worn away, teeth can become extremely sensitive, and common activities such as eating can become painful. Here are ways to prevent enamel loss: When you brush, position the head of the toothbrush toward your gums at a 45 degree angle. Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes. Eat teeth damaging foods, such as popcorn kernels and candy bars, sparingly. Crunching ice cubes can crack your teeth. Carbonated sodas can erode enamel. Try switching to non-carbonated beverages and drinks with low sugar content. Floss daily. Use your teeth only for chewing food. Cracking nut shells, chewing pen caps and tearing off clothing tags can crack enamel. Don’t clinch or grind teeth. The pressure from clinching or grinding can add an additional 250 pounds of pressure per square inch of teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, c