As we age we naturally lose the protective coating over our teeth called enamel. Although it is difficult to gets these layers back, there are certain measures we can take to help strengthen our teeth and prevent further loss.
1) Watch your diet. Foods high in sugars, acids and starches can speed up tooth decay. Be aware when eating foods with these additives of the harmful effects they can have. Diet sodas for example contain great amounts of acid that are harmful to teeth.
2) Rinse your mouth out with water. Right after consuming foods high in sugars and acids use plain water to remove anything from lingering on the surface of your teeth. The longer your teeth stay coated in sugars and acids, the more they seep into your teeth causing bacteria and enamel loss.
3) Use a soft bristle toothbrush. It may seem counterintuitive, but brushing your teeth harder does not make them cleaner. A rough touch on a tooth’s surface, or using a tough bristled toothbrush can actually work to remove your existing enamel.
4) Chew on sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum increases your saliva production that in turn can help to increase your tooth enamel. (Gum containing sugar will have the adverse affect, and will coat the teeth fighting your existing enamel.)
Adding these tips into your daily life is not a large change to make, but will greatly increase your overall oral health.