If you have braces, it’s important to keep your smile in tip-top shape. One of the ways you can do so is by maintaining strong tooth enamel. This is essential because the tooth enamel is the outer shell that protects the inner layers of the tooth. If it’s not strong, it can cause many dental issues. So, please do all you can to keep strong tooth enamel when you have braces in San Diego, California. To help you do so, our orthodontist, Dr. David Li, has some tips for you.
First, have a diet that is healthy for your teeth. This means you shouldn’t eat and drink foods and drinks that have sugar and acid. These substances attack the tooth enamel and work very hard to damage it. In fact, they often create cavities and cause enamel erosion. So, it’s best to consume things that help the teeth, like products that have calcium (milk and dairy).
Second, avoid brushing your smile too vigorously. Brushing too fast and too hard can harm your tooth enamel. So, make sure to only brush after each meal and before bed. It’s also important to use soft, gentle brushing techniques and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Third, use fluoride often. Fluoride is essential for top-notch tooth enamel. It’s a mineral that strengthens the outer shell. It’s best to expose your smile to fluoride often, and you can do so by brushing with fluoride toothpaste, rinsing with fluoride mouthwash, receiving a professional fluoride treatment regularly, and drinking fluoridated water.
For more information and details, please contact our orthodontic team at San Diego Orthodontic Specialists by dialing 858-560-4047. When you reach out to us, we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!