Here at Jeff Gray DDS, we want your teeth to last a lifetime! Tooth enamel is one of the hardest parts of the body, but it is non-renewable so it is important not to not neglect or abuse our teeth. Daily teeth and gum care is the best way to protect tooth enamel.
Even though every San Diego drug store carries hard bristle brushes, we recommend brushing with a soft brush after every meal to gently brush away acid. Scrub too hard, and you can erode enamel. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating, but brushing within 60 minutes of a meal has benefits. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.
Flossing regularly is also important to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces, or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeff Gray recommends a checkup and thorough cleaning every six months. Our skilled hygienists remove tartar, a substance that attracts plaque to the surface of the teeth and can weaken the teeth’s structures. Regular checkups prevent problems and save you money on expensive restorations down the road.
Remember: don’t use your teeth for opening packages! Keep scissors and bottle openers handy. At Jeff Gray DDS, we see damaged dental work and damaged or missing teeth as a result of patients using their teeth as tools. Biting down on something too hard, like ice or hard candy can also damage enamel.
Attention San Diego area athletes: be sure to use a mouthguard for team, contact, and recreational sports.
Teeth grinding is also a common dental threat. Be careful not to grind teeth, this can not only wear away enamel but also pave ways for cavities to get in. If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, make an appointment to be fitted for a night guard. Your enamel will thank you.
Lastly, remember: drink water. Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acid or sugar, and in some cases both. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These drinks cause a lot of tooth decay for non-water drinkers in the San Diego.
We hope you find these Jeff Gray DDS tips helpful. If you already have damage to your teeth or enamel, we have a variety of procedures that can give you a brand new smile, including dental implants, porcelain veneers and clear braces. For more information on dental care, or to schedule an appointment, contact our San Diego cosmetic dentistry office today at 619-337-7700!
Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS