We all take specific steps to protect our smiles day in and day out. Our Elmhurst dentists have found that the more our patients understand about dental health, the better equipped they are to optimize their oral hygiene routines. That is why we have put together this overview of 3 common threats to healthy dental enamel. Keep reading to learn more about potential oral health issues caused by…
The number one threat to a strong and healthy smile is probably harmful oral bacteria. When bacteria are able to infiltrate your teeth and gums, you will develop dental cavities and periodontal disease, respectively. It is so important for you to maintain your dentist-recommended schedule of professional and at-home cleanings in order to promptly clear away problematic bacteria.
Bacteria also create an acidic oral environment, which softens and weakens dental enamel. Additionally, environmental acids, from foods and drinks, for example, make your enamel temporarily more vulnerable to infection and damage. Rinse your smile regularly, especially after eating or drinking, in order to clear away acid and promote tooth remineralization.
Dental trauma and accidents can cause a lot of dental damage in a very short period of time. This is why our team strongly encourages patients of all ages to wear protective mouthguards when they participate in extreme or contact sports. While it is impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of dental trauma, there are reasonable steps we can take to safeguard our smiles.
Our Elmhurst dentists can help you make a plan to protect your smile today and going into the future. We look forward to speaking with you, and helping you achieve your dental goals!