Our Toluca Lake Dentists Help You Protect Yourself From Enamel Damage

Written by Dr. McKay on Jul 31, 2015

The dental enamel is the fortress of your tooth. This sturdy and (fairly) non-porous material, which covers all of your teeth, is designed to protect the more permeable layers of your teeth from damage.

Although your dental enamel is very strong and sturdy, it is not impenetrable. Over time, dental enamel can become weaker, and thus prone to damage. Additionally, injuries and oral trauma can wreak havoc on your oral health.

Our Toluca Lake dentists are here to give you some tips on how to maintain your dental enamel. Let’s get started with some simple recommendations!

Look out for bruxism

Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by dental grinding and clenching. This enormous pressure that this physical habit puts on your dental enamel can cause the enamel to thin and crack. So if you notice that you are grinding our clenching your teeth, talk to your dentist about treatments for bruxism.

Prevent cavities

To minimize your risk of suffering from oral infections, it is important that you avoid sugary foods and drinks. Additionally, you should try to drink plenty of water, because water empowers your body to produce saliva, which in turn neutralizes oral bacteria. And, of course, follow all of your dentist’s oral hygiene instructions!

Wear recommended dental gear

If you play contact sports (football, basketball, etc.), or take part in extreme physical activities, make sure to wear the appropriate mouth guards to protect your smile. Our office sees many dental traumas that could have been prevented thanks to protective gear. If you have questions about protective mouth guards, please contact our office.

If you want to learn more about preventive oral hygiene measures, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to answer your questions. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation, and to get important health-boosting information. We look forward to hearing from you!