A Lesson in Enamel Protection

Healthy Teeth Ardmore PAWhen you look at your teeth, what you observe is the hard outer shell made up of enamel. Many people do not realize the importance of good, strong enamel. As it is, this material is the hardest in the body. However, it can be degraded if we’re not careful. Here, we will look at a few of the misconceptions that float around about enamel. It is our hope that you will discover through this lesson that you are on the right track to keeping your teeth healthy!

Drinking diet soda as opposed to regular soda is better for your enamel.

Truth: While sugary foods and beverages can do a lot of damage to your teeth by feeding oral bacteria, there is very little value in drinking diet soda as an alternative. Soda is acidic in any form, and the contact that acidly has with your enamel will cause the outer shell of your teeth to weaken.

When choosing toothpaste, it is best to look for a product that contains abrasive particles. This way, teeth will get really clean.

Truth: Scrubbing is not something that is good for your enamel. Besides, this isn’t necessary if the goal is to remove plaque (and that is the goal). Plaque is a sticky biofilm, but it is not hard. Gentle motion with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild toothpaste is sufficient for cleaning. If the goal is to whiten your teeth, see Dr. Marshall for professional teeth whitening.

Coffee is good for your health due to its antioxidants. That means it won’t harm enamel.

Truth: Yes, coffee does offer some degree of health benefits. However, that morning cup of Joe is also acidic, just like soda. Did you know that your enamel is somewhat soft after you drink coffee? For that reason, it is advisable to wait at least 30 minutes after a cup to brush your teeth.

About your Ardmore Dentist

Dr. Marshall is more than an experienced dentist (she has been practicing since 1998). She is also one of the most highly-trained dentists in central Philadelphia. Her completion of courses at the esteemed Las Vegas Institute enable her to treat patients with progressive techniques. Furthermore, her commitment to comfort makes her a wonderful source for patients who have historically shied away from seeing the dentist.

Schedule your visit with us. Call (610) 649-0696.

 

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