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Q: Can I strengthen my tooth enamel?
March 31, 2015

The most tested way to strengthen enamel in adults is the use of topical fluoride. Fluoride is found in toothpastes and mouthwashes. More recently, toothpastes containing a variety of combinations of calcium, phosphate and fluoride have come on the market. The manufacturers of these toothpastes state that they also strengthen tooth enamel.

How do these toothpastes strengthen enamel? The minerals bind to the enamel matrix of your tooth. This makes the tooth more resistant to acids. Your tooth enamel is constantly being demineralized and remineralized. Too much demineralization can lead to tooth decay.

You also can reduce demineralization in other ways:

  • Decrease your intake of acidic foods.
  • Decrease your intake of carbohydrate-rich foods (foods with sugars and starches).
  • Eat less frequently. Your saliva neutralizes acids, which cause enamel demineralization. If you are constantly eating, your saliva canít fully accomplish this.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating. This also will help bring down the acid level.
  • Use a soft toothbrush. This will help reduce the wearing away of your tooth enamel.

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