The enamel is the layer that covers the visible part of your teeth (not under the gum line). It helps your teeth and protects them against tooth decay. But, if you are not careful, this enamel layer will wear and tear down beyond repair, resulting in sensible teeth and cavities. But there are methods of keeping this barrier strong. Here are some simple tips you can use to keep a healthy mouth and a perfect smile.

  1. Lower the sugary foods and drinks

Your mouth is full of bacteria that feed on the sugars from drinks and foods and release acids instead. These acids soften and wear down the enamel. Consuming sticky candies and drinking soft drinks also damage your teeth. Soft drinks contain a lot of sugars and are very acidic. If you are thirsty, you should instead drink plain water (flavored waters are also acidic).

  1. Eat beneficial foods that protect the enamel

These are foods that contain calcium, which counters the acids in your mouth, thus stopping the decay. All the foods and vitamins that are good for the bones are good for teeth. Cheese, milk and dairy products help you maintain a healthy enamel. If you do not consume dairy products you can look for foods that have calcium artificially added.

  1. Don’t over-brush

Brushing can also wear down your teeth, if you do it too fast or too hard. Use a brush that has soft bristles and always hold it at a 45-degree angle away from your gums when you brush.
Never brush your teeth immediately after eating sweet foods or citrus fruits. These soften the enamel layer, and you will damage it if you brush. Wait for at least half an hour after you have eaten and then you can brush your teeth safely.

  1. Flouride

The ADA (American Dental Association) advises us to benefit from the “nature’s cavity fighter,” fluoride. It strengthens your enamel layer and helps repair early stages of tooth decay. This magic component makes your teeth more resistant to acids that enter or are generated in your mouth. It is recommended to use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash as early in your life. This will help prevent cavities and maintain a strong enamel.

  1. Regular Dental Checkups

If you want to keep your teeth healthy, you need to see your dentist every six months for cleaning and a checkup. A professional will watch out for any signs of trouble, such as tooth grinding and cavities before they had time to do any significant damage. You can also ask your dentist what dental products you should use to protect your enamel.