If people manage to maintain the strength of their tooth enamel, they will be able to prevent many dental problems.
Despite the fact that dental enamel is the strongest substance in the human organism, and even though it can withstand great amounts of external pressure, enamel is exposed to many erosive influences.
In order to protect their dental enamel, people are advised to follow a few simple steps:
- Be careful with the amount of fruit and soft drinks consumed. These beverages contain a high concentration level of acids that have a very strong erosive effect. Brushing teeth immediately after having such drinks, despite popular belief, is not a good idea because this will only spread the acids and lead to greater damage to the teeth. Instead, people should wait for about 30 minutes before brushing.
- Rinse your mouth with water after every meal. This can remove food particles that have remained in the mouth and can damage the tooth enamel. Saliva is the best natural protection against enamel erosion, so people should make sure they help saliva production by drinking plenty of water or chewing sugar-free gums.
- Sometimes tooth enamel can be worn down by mechanical factors like teeth grinding or brushing the teeth with excessive force. This is why dentists recommend using a soft brush and sleeping with teeth protectors on to prevent friction.
Study confirms that sugar is bad for our teeth This statement was at the core of new research conducted by academics at the University of Newcastle. They found that cutting sugar intake to a maximum of five teaspoons a day can prevent tooth decay.
For more than two decades, the World Health Organisation has advised people to consume no more than 10% of their daily calorie intake in the form of “free sugars”.
A relatively new problem is becoming apparent in dentistry. This is ‘wear’ of teeth due to chemical erosion. This often results in a sensitivity of the necks of the teeth to cold and sweet things.
Another common area of tooth surface damage is the inner surfaces of upper teeth in teenagers. Chemical erosion is the result of acid softening the enamel. If the teeth are then brushed with an abrasive toothpaste the problem is made worse.