Monday, October 16, 2017

8 Great Dental Tips for Thanksgiving

8 Great Dental Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an especially happy time of year as you reflect on the year and all its goodness. Families far and wide come together to express their gratefulness through sharing their bounty together. Meal times become bonding times, and as a result, you find yourself eating a greater variety of food than usual. It is important to maintain dental hygiene while celebrating. Here are some tips to help you.

1. Brush Your Teeth Properly

The foundation of good dental hygiene is always proper brushing of teeth. You should brush your teeth twice a day as recommended by dentists. Ideally, this should be once in the morning and once before going to sleep at night.

When brushing your teeth, you need to use the right technique as well to get the best results. Use gentle, circular motions around your teeth for optimal cleaning results. Ensure that your brushing regimen spans two minutes as recommended by dentists to achieve the highest levels of hygiene. Note that aggressively brushing your teeth can hurt your enamel and gums and therefore, you should avoid it. Always use gentle brush strokes.

2. Floss Your Teeth After Brushing

While many people understand the need for a regular tooth brushing regimen, they overlook the importance of flossing after brushing. Flossing is the second most effective means of cleaning your teeth after brushing.

Food particles get wedged between your teeth. Although you brush your teeth, the bristles cannot reach in between them, and as a result, these particles and bacteria that are also present are not being cleaned. Flossing reaches these problematic parts of the teeth to clean them out and is, therefore, an essential companion to brushing your teeth. To best clean your teeth, run the floss alongside your teeth gently.

3. Drink Lots of Water Regularly

Thanksgiving, like any other holiday, leads to eating more food than we usually do during different times of the year. Inevitably this leads to more bacteria in our teeth. Drinking water throughout the day helps to clean out the bacteria from your teeth. Another perk of drinking water throughout the day is that it increases your saliva content. This is also good in fighting the bacteria in your mouth. To know just how much water you need to drink, take your weight in pounds and divide it by two to get the approximate number of ounces necessary.

4. Reduce Sugary and Starchy Foods

Holidays such as Thanksgiving often lead to people losing the reins on their eating habits to celebrate with family and friends. The likelihood of consuming more starchy and sugary foods than you typically would is therefore high.

Eating them in excess will adversely affect your dental health. Once the foods stick to your teeth, they provide the fuel bacteria need to produce the acids that cause tooth decay. As a result, during Thanksgiving, it's prudent to remember to ingest starchy and sugary foods as treats to curb this.

5. Clean Your Tongue, Too

Your tongue is another area in your mouth that harbors a host of bacteria. If you clean your teeth and floss them but leave out your tongue, you leave a bevy of bacteria in your mouth. This undermines your dental hygiene efforts. When brushing your teeth, make it a habit of also brushing your tongue. The best way to clean the tongue is to brush it from the back to the front gently. Side-to-side brushing is also necessary for proper cleaning. Rinse your mouth out after you are done to wash away the bacteria.

6. Buy a Toothbrush with Soft Bristles

As you head into the Thanksgiving season, inspect your toothbrush to find out if it has hard bristles. Despite what many people might think, hard bristles do not make for a more efficient tooth brushing effort. The effect is quite the opposite. Hard brush bristles damage your enamel and gum by eroding it. If your toothbrush has hard bristles, you should replace it with one that has soft bristles to protect your gum and enamel.

7. Replace Your Worn-Out Toothbrush

If you have been using your toothbrush for a long time, Thanksgiving is a good time to consider replacing it. Worn out bristles do not clean the teeth correctly due to fraying and weakening. Dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to six months as good practice.

8. Stop the Smoking Habit

Cigarette smoking is harmful to your dental health as it increases your risk of gum diseases by 50 percent. Consider quitting the habit during the holiday to reduce your chances of getting gum disease.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time of mirth and gratefulness. Many celebrate by sharing food and good times with loved ones which expose them to various dental risks. Clean your teeth by using several ideas that work in concert to promote your dental health.


About the Author

Dr. Marichia Attala is a leading Periodontist in Nassau County Long Island.  Learn more by visiting her website at NassauCountyPeriodontist.com

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dental Tips for Kids on Halloween

Dental Tips for Kids on Halloween

If you're like me, you probably have tossed and turned in your sleep at the thought of young children eating massive amounts Halloween candy, without taking any precautions to maintain some form of dental hygiene.

Sure, it's Holloween, it's fun, and it's only once a year, but Halloween can also an opportunity to teach young children moderation and how to maintain dental hygiene during peaks times of overindulgence, a life lesson that far exceeds just this one day.

We don't want to kill the spirit and fun of Holloween, but we also want to teach our kids responsibility and discipline when it comes to long-term dental hygiene. Somewhere there is a perfect balance of both, and I hope you this month's newsletter helpful.


Limit the Amount of Candy the Kids Can Collect
 

Talk to your kids about how long they should have to collect candy or how large an area they should be allowed to cover. Also, don't give them the option of carrying large bags. Provide exceptionally cool smaller bags that cleverly relate to their costumes in some way.

Another option is to connect with the parents of your kids' friends to suggest a Halloween party on trick or treat night to reduce the amount of time for trick or treating. That way, all of the parents can participate in controlling how much candy each child receives and the kind of treats that are offered. Instead of candy, you might provide guest bags filled with fruit, bags of dried fruits, small toys, or gift certificates with similar prizes going to the winners of any party games.
 

After Trick or Treat, Help Sort the Candy

Explain to your children why it is essential that they not eat any of the candy until all of it has been carefully checked at home, even if they are old enough to have "heard it gazillion times before."

As you sort through the candy, put them into piles based on which types of candy are better for your children’s teeth, and which is worse. For example:

  • Chewy candies like caramels and gummy worms stick to teeth
  • Hard candies like lollipops take a long time to dissolve. Your kids' teeth will be exposed to the cavity-causing acids produced by the bacteria in their mouths for a more extended period
  • Chocolate covered raisins or nut candies can go in another pile that is generally better
  • Chocolate covered fluffy insides, like a three musketeers bar, are better still. 
  • Candy like Twix and Kit Kat bars has less caramel and chocolate, and a crunchy wafer center.
Have your children brush, floss, and rinse immediately after finishing the candy. They also can drink water while dissolving a hard candy to counteract the acid.
 

Decide How Much Candy Everyone Can Eat

Ask your children how much candy they think that they should be allowed to eat at one time. If you feel the amount is too high, explain why and set a  goal for a lower amount that you think is more healthy and responsible.

If your kids have collected some extra candy, you might be able to freeze it to enjoy later.
 

If they have collected an excessive amount of candy, suggest donating some of the extra to a candy take-back program run by a local dentist, a shelter for homeless families, a food pantry, a children's hospital, or a retirement or nursing home. Bring your kids along and let them make their donation themselves.
 

Decide When the Kids Can Have Their Candy Treat
 

Set a specific time during the day when the kids can eat their candy. If they know that they can have their candy at a particular time, they are less likely to ask for it at other times.

Saving the candy to enjoy as an after dinner treat is a good strategy. The saliva produced during the meal counters the destructive acids produced by the bacteria.


This is an excellent way to get kids thinking about healthy foods and enjoying special treats in moderation without the need to avoid them entirely. You can even talk about people with food allergies or diabetes who do need to avoid certain foods and what those people might use as a treat in place of the foods they can't have.


When the Kids Finish Off Their Candy


Avoid giving them other sweet treats throughout the day and serve filling, balanced meals, so that your kids will be less inclined to want a snack.

You also can make brushing fun for young kids by making Halloween a time for taking them to the store to pick out a brand new Halloween toothbrush to replace a worn out old one.

Don't deprive your kids of Halloween. Instead, use Halloween to encourage your kids to develop healthy dental and eating habits. 


About the Author

Dr. Marichia Attala is a leading Periodontist in Nassau County Long Island.  Learn more by visiting her website at NassauCountyPeriodontist.com

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The World's First Automatic Toothbrush

The World's First Automatic Toothbrush, Amabrush



Some people hate brushing their teeth so that they may fall short on their brushing efforts, either by not brushing long enough, or they may not brush at all. Also, some people are just simply unable to brush their teeth at all due to circumstances beyond their control, such as illness.

For this reason, Amabrush, the world's first automatic toothbrush, was created with the goal of providing simple and correct tooth-brushing for all.

What is the Amabrush?

The Amabrush is a fully automatic toothbrush that makes everyday brushing simpler, faster, and more efficient. This is a new patented device that is the first of its kind and operates with just the push of a button for clean teeth in as little as ten seconds.

Why the Amabrush?

Studies show that more than 90% of gum disease is due to brushing that is performed incorrectly. Also, many people report feeling too tired in the evening to the do the dentist's daily recommended second brushing.

The Amabrush provides a simple solution to these, and other tooth-brushing dilemmas, with the automatic toothbrush.

What are the Benefits of the Amabrush?

The main advantage of the Amabrush it that it makes brushing automatic. By doing so, it enables you to brush your teeth in half the time of manual brushing, and it also eliminates the mess of dealing with toothpaste.

Another benefit of the Amabrush is that it makes brushing quicker, which frees up more time for other things. The average person spends approximately 108 days brushing their teeth, which takes about 180 seconds each tooth-brushing session. The Amabrush cuts your tooth-brushing time in half, or to only 60 seconds, while effectively cleaning each tooth.

It doesn't matter what you spend on a toothbrush or what brand of toothbrush you have. If you're misusing it, your efforts will be ineffective. According to experts, toothbrushes should be held lightly, like pencils, so that the pressure is light as possible. Also, the bristles should be aligned at a 45-degree angle against the gum line, and the pressure should be soft. You should also use light force to move the bristles back and forth to allow them to remove plaque without damaging your gums.

The Amabrush takes each of these factors into consideration with its patented design.

The bristles are angled at a 45-degree angle and soft to prevent damaging the gums as it maneuvers up against it. In addition, the pressure against your teeth is light and soft vibrations move the bristles back and forth, which allow them to remove plaque while keeping your gums undamaged. Furthermore, the Amabrush covers all of your teeth, so they are each cleaned effectively and at the same time.

About the Amabrush

Amarbrush's three-part system includes the mouthpiece, the handpiece, and the toothpaste capsules.

The mouthpiece is comprised of a flexible antibacterial material with intricately arranged bristles and built-in micro-channels.

The flexible mouthpiece contains antibacterial silicone that kills 99.9% of all bacteria, and the built-in micro-channels deliver toothpaste to your teeth, while 3D-arranged bristles on both sides brush your teeth.

The Amabrush is soft enough to prevent damaging the gums and strong enough to clean your teeth effectively. In addition, it can be cleaned just as you would a traditional toothbrush, simply rinse and store away.

How it Works

The Amabrush was designed in close association with both dental universities as well as dentists to provide clean teeth without gum damage.

The makers of the Amabrush carefully analyzed the jaws of more than 2,000 adult men and women to design the flexible mouthpiece. Also, because it is comprised of flexible material, any minor differences between mouth sizes is evened out once it is inserted into the mouth.

Furthermore, the Amabrush is designed to stimulate the Bass Method, which is recommended by dentists, so the bristles are angled at a 45-degree angle against the gingival cuff, and reduce the risk of needing periodontal disease treatments.

Additionally, the bristles are soft, as comparable to soft-bristle toothbrushes, to prevent gum damage. And also similar to toothbrushes, the mouthpiece should be replaced every 3-6 months to maintain proper hygiene.

The hand-piece is made using complex technology, which uses a smart algorithm that operates in various vibrations, resulting in the coordinated movement of the bristles at different resonant frequencies.

It also has an amplitude of 9.5G to provide strong vibrations as it oscillates the bristles to clean your teeth, and it cleans all of your teeth simultaneously, for quick brushing in as little as 10 seconds.

Lastly, the built-in mechanism foams and disperses toothpaste, in just the right amount, to your teeth. Additionally, the integrated battery lasts up to 28 brushing sessions without charging. That equates to approximately two weeks of brushing two times a day without recharging. It also includes a low-energy wireless charging module that can even be charged via your wireless Smartphone.

The toothpaste capsule is inserted into the handpiece, automatically providing the perfect amount of toothpaste each time you brush your teeth. The specially formulated toothpaste capsule is available in three different FDA-approved types, which includes Sensitive, which is rose-colored and contains no fluoride, Extra Fresh, which is blue, and Whitening, which is white. It is also a bit more liquid than traditional toothpaste to accommodate the mouthpiece.

The toothpaste is produced and specially formulated by a major manufacturer who has a history of making toothpaste for more than 100 years. This European manufacturer holds the IFS-HPC certificate and fulfills the quality requirement for the IFS Household and Personal Care products and the DIN EN ISO 13485.

To use the Amabrush, just insert the device into your mouth and press the button, then allow the unit 10 seconds to work its magic. After 10 seconds, remove the device from your mouth; spit, and then rinse the unit for future use..

About the Author

Dr. Marichia Attalla is a leading Periodontist in Nassau County, Long Island NY. Learn about periodontal treatments and services by visiting her website.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

You know brushing and flossing your teeth is important for your oral hygiene. You are supposed to brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Not many people know though that they should also be brushing their tongue. If you want to fight bad breath and truly optimize your dental health, you should be giving your tongue a good brushing each time you brush your teeth.

If you struggle with having bad breath despite brushing your teeth regularly and with the correct technique, the problem may very well be your tongue. Your tongue is a major contributor to halitosis.

What You Need To Know About Your Tongue

Although the tongue is a major feature of our mouths and integral part of our lives, it often goes overlooked. Most people do not give their tongue a second thought unless they burn it on hot food or accidentally bite it. Your tongue is a pretty elaborate group of muscles, and it is also a very nice home for a lot of different types of bacteria. If you look at your tongue, you will know that different foods and drinks cause it to change color. What is changing color on your tongue is the biofilm.

Bacteria On Your Tongue

Your tongue may not be at risk for getting cavities like your teeth, but it is a still a ripe target for bacteria - the same bacteria that causes cavities, plaque, and gingivitis. Your tongue is a great target for these bacteria to rest and then move on to your teeth. It accumulates in the spaces between your taste buds especially.


Your tongue is moist and textured, making it a great home for bacteria, which hides in the crevasses unless you make an effort to remove it. The best way to remove it is by brushing it with your toothbrush. You have likely noticed this buildup on your tongue, which is a biofilm. This biofilm can contribute to bad breath and tooth damage, even if you brush your teeth properly.

Rinsing Your Tongue

The buildup on your tongue being a biofilm makes rinsing your mouth out an ineffective way to remove the bacteria. Drinking water does not remove the bulk of the bacteria, and neither does mouthwash. A biofilm is a group of living microorganisms, which all stick together and also stick to your tongue.

Rinsing your mouth out only serves to remove a small portion of the bacteria or just the outermost cells of the biofilm. The lower cells in the spaces between your taste buds will remain, and new bacteria will grab onto these cells to reform the biofilm quite rapidly.

How To Properly Brush Your Tongue

You should be brushing your tongue each time you brush your teeth. Brushing your tongue is simple. All you need to do is gently brush the top surface back and forth, side to side, and then rinse your mouth out with water or with your preferred mouthwash to remove the biofilm you just brushed off.

There are also tongue scrapers available to buy, which you can use instead of your toothbrush. These tongue scrapers are available at most drug stores, and you simply glide them along the surface of your tongue to remove the layer of biofilm. Your regular toothbrush is just as effective, so it is fine to use it. You may also want to scrub your cheeks and the roof of your mouth to remove as much bacteria as possible.

If you find that cleaning your tongue causes you discomfort, this means you are likely doing it with too much force. The pressure needed to brush or scrape your tongue is not a lot. Your tongue is very delicate. It is inclined to become irritated and inflamed. If you accidentally brush your tongue too hard, you should forego brushing it for a day or two and then attempt to do so much more gently. Also, refrain from brushing your tongue if you have any wounds on it. Let the injury heal first before you resume the cleaning. If you have a very sensitive gag reflex, you need to clean the back of your tongue very slowly.

About the Author

Dr. Marichia Attalla is a leading Periodontist in Nassau County, Long Island NY. Learn about periodontal treatments and services by visiting her website.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Effects of Bruxism on Oral Health

The Effects of Bruxism on Oral Health 



Some people occasionally grind or clench their teeth causing no harm to their dental health. However, persistent bruxism can easily damage teeth and cause other oral health complications.

Although bruxism can be a result of stress and anxiety, it is most likely to occur during sleep, which is likely due to an abnormal bite, missing, or crooked teeth. Bruxism can also be caused by sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.

Because grinding most likely occurs while one is sleeping, most people do not know that they suffer from bruxism until they are told. However, one symptom of bruxism that can be noticed is a dull, yet a constant headache or a sore jaw. Often, people find out that they grind their teeth at night because somebody who is close to them can hear the grinding.

Is Bruxism Harmful?

Bruxism can result in the fracturing, loosening, or even the complete loss of teeth. Chronic grinding can wear the teeth down to mere stumps. When this level of grinding occurs, crowns, fillings, bridges, root canals, dentures, and implants may be needed.

Severe bruxism can damage teeth and even result in tooth loss, but it can also have a negative impact on your jaws, resulting in TMD or TMJ, and it can ultimately even change the shape of your face.

Bruxism can greatly damage the enamel on your teeth, leading to cavities and various sore spots. These places need to be fixed by a dentist, and if you are not able to wear a night guard throughout the night, some areas of the mouth may repeatedly lose a filling, causing them to have to be refilled multiple times.

This can also result in great tooth sensitivity, as when the enamel of the tooth is worn down, the layers that are closer to the root of the tooth become exposed. This can be especially uncomfortable when eating hot or cold foods.

Bruxism is not limited to adults. Up to one-third of children have a tendency to grind their teeth as well. Children who grind their teeth usually do so during two times in their childhood, when their first baby teeth emerge, and then when their permanent teeth start to come in. While most children can kick the habit of grinding their teeth once their teeth are fully in, some continue to suffer from bruxism.

Children most commonly grind their teeth while they are sleeping, rather than during the day. While it is not clear why some children grind their teeth, some possible causes are improperly aligned teeth and an under or over bite. Nutritional deficiencies, endocrine disorders, anxiety, and stress can also cause children to have bruxism.

What are Some Tips to Reduce Bruxism?

Wearing a properly fitted mouth guard at night is the best way to protect your teeth from the negative effects of grinding them throughout the night. However, it is also important to address the cause of the grinding.

Stress and anxiety are common causes of bruxism. While your dentist can prescribe a muscle relaxer to help calm you down during your sleep, it is also important to ask your doctor or dentist about how you can reduce your stress. This may begin with going to stress counseling, seeing a physical therapist, or beginning an exercise program.

It is also helpful to find some ways to help you relax before going to bed, such as taking a warm bath or listening to calming music. It is also important to minimize caffeine and alcohol consumption before going to sleep and limit screen time in the hours before going to sleep. Dim the lights while you are preparing to go to sleep to help increase your body's production of melatonin.

You can also train yourself to stop clenching your teeth, especially during the day. If you notice that you are clenching or grinding during the day, move the tip of your tongue, so it is positioned between your teeth. This will help train your jaw muscles to remain relaxed.

Help your jaw muscles relax in the evening by creating a warm compress and holding it against your cheek, directly in front of your earlobe. This will loosen the muscles and help to reduce their tendency to tighten throughout the night.

If your teeth grinding is a result of an underlying sleeping disorder, treating it can help reduce or eliminate bruxism altogether. Bruxism is not an uncommon problem, and there are several ways to reduce its effects on your oral health. It is best to consult a physician to try to find and treat the underlying cause of your bruxism.

About the Author

Dr. Marichia Attalla is a leading Periodontist in Nassau County, Long Island NY. Learn about periodontal treatments and services by visiting her website.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Benefits of All On 4 Dental Implants

The Benefits of All On 4 Dental Implants

What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

All on 4 Dental Implants is a surgical procedure that is used to restore missing teeth in patients. These dental implants are like traditional dental implants, in that titanium posts are surgically inserted into your jawbone then attached to prosthetic teeth; however, instead of replacing each tooth individually, just 4 surgical posts are used.

Fewer posts mean they can be used for patients with decreased bone density. Once the surgical posts are inserted, a dental arch containing four prosthetic teeth will be attached, providing a permanent solution for missing teeth. And, since it is a less invasive procedure, it can be completed in as little as one appointment and with less recovery time.

All on four dental implants can be used to replace your lower or upper set of teeth, or both, and provides natural looking, feeling, and fully functional teeth in the following ways:

Slimmer Than Traditional Dentures

The All on 4 dental implant arch is significantly slimmer than traditional dentures, which can be bulky, and it does not overlay the hard palate. Therefore, it does not tend to cause a gag reflex or hinder your ability to taste and sense proper food temperatures.

High-Quality Prosthetics

Only the highest quality prosthetics and dental implant materials are used during the procedure. The dental products used in the procedure are highly researched and innovative to provide only the most healthy, natural looking teeth that last for years to come. Additionally, molds and impressions of your own natural teeth will be taken, which will be used to make a custom bridge that perfectly resembles the natural contours of your jaw, for a natural look and feel.

No Need To Be Removed To Eat Or Clean

All on 4 dental implants provide patients with fixed, permanent teeth; therefore, they can be cleaned and cared for the same as natural teeth. In addition, they do not need to be removed at night time or following meals.

Do Not Shift Around Or Fall Out


Since All on 4 dental implants are permanently fixed, they will not shift around or fall out like dentures, which means they cause less discomfort and can save you from embarrassing mishaps and awkward speech so that you can speak, laugh, and eat with confidence.

Provides Less Irritation

All on 4 implants do not rest on the gums; therefore, they are less likely to cause inflammation, irritation or sores in the mouth, like dentures. They also eliminate the use of messy adhesives, gels, soaking solutions, and other specially formulated storage and hygienic products that are typically required for dentures, which can also cause frustration.

Restores Facial Contours

Tooth loss often leads to sagging facial contours and lip support, which can make you look aged beyond your years. All on 4 dental implants helps reduce sagging jawbone, lips and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.

Promotes Better Jaw Bone Health and Halts the Progression of Bone Loss

All 4 dental implants channel the functional stimulation associated with eating, thereby supporting hard tissue, which promotes better jawbone health. In return, it also halts the progression of bone loss in the jaw and eliminates the need for repeated bridgework due to the changing shape of the jaw.

Provides A Natural Bite

All on 4 dental implants enables patients to bite down with a comparable to natural bite, which allows you to enjoy foods that may not have been an option before due to the loss of teeth or the discomfort of dentures. 

Who is a Candidate for All-On-4 Dental Implants?

Since the All on 4 implant procedure eliminates the need for bone grafting, just about every patient is a candidate for the procedure. In the past, tooth loss due to oral diseases meant deteriorating jawbone health in most patients, which eliminated them as candidates for dental implants because there wasn't enough bone to support and secure surgical posts.

The All on 4 implant procedure enables Periodontists to nearly always find enough bone from the existing volume to support the surgical posts. This enables more patients to receive dental implants and in as little as one day.

About the Author

Dr. Marichia Attalla is a leading Periodontist in Nassau County, Long Island NY. You can learn more about All-on-4 Dental Implants by visiting her website.


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

How to Preserve Tooth Enamel

Woman with a beautiful smile who knows how to preserve tooth enamel.
Tooth enamel, a thin, light yellow to grayish white colored substance, is the toughest substance found in the human body and serves to protect the delicate layers of tissue within the teeth. Over time, it can soften and dissolve, also known as demineralization, which can leave teeth susceptible to decay and over-sensitivity.

Demineralization occurs whenever the mouth becomes too acidic, which occurs following eating and drinking. Saliva helps counteract the effects of acid and even helps restore some of the lost calcium and minerals found in the enamel, also known as remineralization. However, if acid levels remain too high for too long, it can limit saliva's ability to protect the teeth, which can cause long-term mineral loss to the enamel. Once erosion sets in, teeth are more prone to disease, decay, and tooth loss.

Some common signs of worn enamel include:

  • Yellowing teeth
  • Chipped or uneven tooth edges
  • Dents on the surface of the teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help preserve your tooth enamel.

Practice Gentle Brushing

Over-brushing or vigorous brushing exerts undue pressure on your teeth, which scrapes away at the enamel and causes it to wear. It can also cause receding gums. As a rule of thumb, only brush twice a day and remember to take care when brushing your teeth to avoid eroding the enamel.

Use a Soft Bristle Brush 

It is a common misconception that harder bristles will clean your teeth better, and therefore, lead to healthier teeth and gums, but this is simply not the case. In fact, hard bristles and vigorous brushing wear down your enamel over time. The ADA recommends brushing with a soft-bristled brush and replacing a ragged toothbrush every three to four months.

Use a Fluoridated Mouthwash and Toothpaste 

Fluoride helps harden your teeth and protects against cavities and tooth decay. Be sure to select a mouthwash and toothpaste that contains fluoride to help preserve your enamel. You could also ask your dentist if you would benefit from supplemental fluoride treatments, such as in-office fluoride gel treatments or fluoride chewable tablets.

Wait At Least Thirty Minutes After Eating and Drinking to Brush Your Teeth

 Research shows it takes approximately thirty minutes for saliva to reinstate a normal ph level and remineralize the teeth. Brushing too soon could jeopardize this process and brush away some of the delicate minerals from the enamel.

Stick to Milk or Water

 When possible, choose milk or water over sodas, juices, and other acidic drinks. The calcium in milk and dairy products serves as a buffer to acidic substances and aids in remineralization while water provides a natural way to wash away acid and food debris from the teeth.

Use a Straw for Acidic Drinks

Drink acidic drinks with a straw to help avoid direct contact with the drink's acid, which could potentially cause demineralization of the enamel.

Avoid Snacking Right Before Bed

Saliva production slows while we're sleeping, therefore, eating right before bed means less saliva available for the protection and re-mineralization of the enamel.

Schedule Regular Dental Screenings

Seeing your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings helps keep your teeth clean and healthy. It also allows the dentist to address any issues before they become major concerns. Dental treatments for worn enamel vary, depending on the severity of the erosion. Crowns, fillings, and veneers cover teeth that no longer have enamel protection due to severe erosion.

Following these tips, in addition to practicing good oral hygiene, will go a long way towards preserving your enamel and protecting your teeth. If you experience signs of enamel erosion, see your dentist immediately to see what can be done to preserve your teeth before it leads to tooth loss.


Dr. Marichia Attalla is a leading Nassau County Periodontist. Learn more by visiting her website at: http://www.nassaucountyperiodontist.com