Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is not renewable. That’s why at Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper, we stress daily teeth and gum care. It’s the best way to protect your tooth enamel.
One of the best things you can do is use a soft-bristle toothbrush after every meal to gently clean away food particles. Scrub too hard, and you can erode enamel. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating, but brushing within 60 minutes of a meal has benefits. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.
Flossing regularly is also important to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.
We also recommend a checkup and cleaning every six months. Regular checkups prevent issues and save you money on costly restorations down the road.
Never use your teeth for opening packages! Keep scissors and bottle openers handy. We’ve seen too many cases of damaged teeth because of patients using them as tools. Biting down on something too hard, like ice or hard candy can also hurt enamel.
Lastly, remember: drink water. Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acids and/or sugar. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These drinks cause a lot of cavities for non-water drinkers in the Casper.
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