Do you have sensitive teeth? Does it hurt your teeth when you drink cold beverages or eat cold foods? You may have worn or weakened tooth enamel. If you have weakened enamel, you may be more prone to tooth damage and sensitivity. There are multiple things you can do to strengthen your teeth in our Davidsonville, MD office and when you’re at home. We will review some of the best tips to follow to help remineralize your tooth enamel for stronger, healthier teeth. Tooth damage can also be connected to problems like TMD, cavities, and even tooth loss.
Top 5 Ways to Strengthen Teeth
There are five things you can do to strengthen your tooth enamel:
Use Fluroide Products
Drinking fluoridated water, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and using other dental products that contain fluoride help strengthen teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens and remineralizes the tooth enamel. Remineralizing teeth means adding essential minerals that help build up the tooth’s structure.
Get Your Vitamins and Minerals
Calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin D are all important vitamins and minerals for the teeth. Phosphorous and calcium work together to create the main structural components of the teeth. Vitamin D helps absorb and retain calcium and phosphorous and keeps teeth mineralized.
Avoid Certain Foods
Harmful bacteria that wear down the tooth enamel are attracted to sugars and starches left in the mouth. As bacteria feed on food debris, they can create digestive acids that break down the outer enamel. Hydrating and brushing frequently can also help wash away food debris and remove bacterial buildup.
Harmful bacteria can enter weakened or worn teeth and lead to cavities or tooth abscesses. A healthy diet, hydration, and a good oral hygiene routine can help prevent additional tooth damage.
Wear a Nightguard
Temporomandibular joint disorders are bite disorders that create pain and damage in the facial muscles and joints that control biting and chewing.
Patients with TMJ disorders can experience tooth wear due to clenching or grinding their teeth unconsciously during the day or during sleep. Over time, teeth clenching and grinding wear done the tooth enamel.
Wearing a customized TMJ mouthguard protects worn or weakened teeth and also prevents problems like jaw pain and headaches.
Visit a Dentist
If you experience tooth sensitivity, pain, discoloration, or other symptoms because of worn teeth, it’s important to visit a dentist. Visiting the dentist as soon as you notice a change in your smile can prevent future oral health issues. Dental problems like tooth wear and toothaches can worsen over time, so it’s best to treat the problem sooner than later.
In our office, we can thoroughly examine your smile and take your symptoms into account to determine the right treatment for your needs.
Are you noticing signs of tooth damage or wear on your enamel? Contact Wooddell and Passaro today at (410) 956-5555. You can also schedule a dental appointment with us on our website. Let us know if you have any questions about your symptoms or treatment options, and we can help.