Enamel is a part of the tooth that protects it from oral decay. Unfortunately, your enamel might wear away with time. There are several ways that you can stop the loss of enamel, and you will also want to consult with your family dentist for other ways that you can better protect your teeth.

Use More Fluoride

The most effective way to restore enamel is to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and to use fluoride mouthwash. One of the advantages of fluoride mouthwash is that it is not as harsh as fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is especially beneficial to children, but adults will also benefit from it.

Fluoride is effective at protecting the teeth against acid and is also able to reverse decay. In fact, when family dentists notice early signs of cavities about to form, they typically prescribe a fluoride rinse to further protect the teeth against oral decay. Your family dentist may also be able to prescribe stronger fluoride and mouthwash than what is available over the counter. However, it is important that your dentist ensure that you do not use too much fluoride, which can cause other dental problems. 

Restore Calcium With Special Toothpastes

If the enamel loss is severe, it may be necessary to use special toothpastes intended to restore calcium. Weak spots in your teeth will need calcium in order to prevent your teeth from losing enamel altogether. 

Use A Stronger Fluoride Gel

Your family dentist is able to apply a much stronger form of fluoride than what is available over the counter through a fluoride gel. Either the fluoride is painted on your teeth as a varnish or it is placed in a tray, where the teeth soak in the gel. There are also fluoride gels that your dentist can prescribe for you to use at home. However, there are limits to what at-home fluoride gels can accomplish vs. a treatment provided at a family dentist.

Look To Other Methods For Protecting Your Enamel

Fluoride is a very effective way to restore your teeth, but it is important to look toward other methods of enamel restoration. These include:

  • Eating healthy fats
  • Taking vitamin D supplements
  • Consuming coconut oil
  • Avoiding acidic drinks
  • Avoiding sugary drinks
  • Avoiding aspirin and antihistamines except when absolutely necessary
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene in general

By protecting your enamel, you will be able to keep your teeth and you will avoid the unpleasant symptoms of oral decay, such as toothaches, swelling, and sensitivity. For additional information, contact a family dentist at a dental clinic like All About Smiles.