When It’s Better Not To Brush

enamel erosion Palm Beach Gardens

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly amazing. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the important job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also shields tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

The team at Weinberg Dentistry encourages our Palm Beach Gardens area patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is helpful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some Juno Beach dental patients don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva protects your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left unprotected. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water frequently can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of decay or upping your calorie intake.

Not surprisingly, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Juno Beach residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s essential to get a mouthguard ASAP. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the decay that can follow. Athletes should also protect their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more specifics, meet with Dr. Brion Weinberg at Weinberg Dentistry about custom mouthguards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already occurred. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can harm enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing open a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also damage enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy all day, you will develop cavities which erodes enamel just as effectively as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental problems, Dr. Brion Weinberg can help you protect what is left. To schedule an exam, contact Weinberg Dentistry in Juno Beach at 561-622-7220!

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Weinberg Dentistry
Dr. Brion Weinberg, DDS
 
Cosmetic and sedation dentist Dr. Brion Weinberg, DDS offers top quality dental care in the Juno Beach, FL area. A variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments are used to enhance smiles
14050 US Highway 1 Ste D
Juno Beach, FL 33408
Call: 561-622-7220561-622-7220 info@CustomSmileDesigns.com
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From March to June we have a charity whitening event where all proceeds go to the Joe DiMaggio children pediatric hospital.
If patients do not want to whiten their teeth for any reason, we do ask if they would like to make a donation of at least 10 dollars.
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