Three Habits That Can Help Fortify Enamel
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, yet the millions of tiny bacteria living in our mouths can produce acids which can damage enamel. Read Full Article
Maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent bacteria from causing causing cavities. Developing the three habits discussed below helps strengthen, fortify enamel over time, and helps to prevent enamel erosion.
1) Drink Fluoridated Water
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is always present, to a small degree, in water, but many cities and towns also add fluoride to the community water supply. Years of research have proven that drinking fluoridated water can reduce the risk of cavities by 20 to 40 percent.1
Fluoride helps fortify enamel in several ways. Fluoride is incorporated into tooth enamel during the time teeth are being formed, before they erupt into the mouth. This fluoride fortifies the developing enamel, making it harder.Fluoride in drinking water will be present in saliva, providing the enamel with a permanent supply of fluoride available to replenish any enamel mineral that has been lost from acid erosion or early tooth decay. Thus, you are giving the enamel a second chance to absorb the fluoride and make your teeth more decay-resistant.2
Additionally, if you choose water over soda or juice, you are eliminating one common source of sugars that can contribute to tooth decay.
2) Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum when you can’t brush will help to stimulate the production of saliva which is good for your teeth.
Not only does your saliva help wash away the acids that cause cavities, but also the mineral content of your saliva can help remineralize and strengthen your tooth enamel.
3) Brush With Enamel-Hardening Toothpaste
Selecting fluoride-containing toothpaste will ensure that you are protecting and hardening your enamel while you clean your teeth. Colgate* Enamel HealthTM toothpaste is specially formulated to help strengthen tooth enamel. Getting in the habit of brushing at least twice a day will help keep your enamel strong and healthy.
1J Dent Res. 2013 Apr;92(4):376-82. doi: 10.1177/0022034513481190. Epub 2013 Mar 1. Effects of fluoridated drinking water on dental caries in Australian adults.
2Monogr Oral Sci. 2011;22:97-114. doi: 10.1159/000325151. Epub 2011 Jun 23.
Mechanisms of action of fluoride for caries control.
Buzalaf MA1, Pessan JP, Honório HM, ten Cate JM.