Caring For Fragile Teeth
At the office of Dr. Carol Jin, DDS of San Ramon, California, we want to help you with a few tips on how to care for your brittle of fragile teeth. A variety of factors can contribute to the condition of brittle or fragile teeth. Of course, we always highly suggest regular office visits for maintenance and treatment to minimize the effects of fragile teeth.
Causes Of Fragile Teeth
Poor diet and inadequate dental hygiene are common causes of weak or brittle teeth. Sugary and acidic foods can weaken and erode your tooth enamel. Dr. Jin believes in preventative dental practices, including educating you on a proper dental regimen and health habits.
Other sources that can cause fragile teeth are various medical conditions and medications. Kidney disease and osteoporosis, which both weaken the bones, can weaken your teeth. Medications that cause dry mouth can contribute to tooth erosion. So, if you suffer from these conditions or take these medications, extra attention must be given to your oral care.
Caring For Brittle Teeth
Brittle teeth can result in a tooth that is more easily broken or chipped. The best remedy is prevention, but if you are struggling with the effects of weak enamel, here are some things you can do:
- Avoid foods that break down enamel, such as sugary or highly acidic foods.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
- Brush at least twice daily, being careful not to brush too hard.
- Remineralize with fluoride or other remineralizing products.
- Floss at least once daily.
- Have regular visits with a dental professional.
Eat For Healthier Teeth
Your mom was right about eating your vegetables. A diet rich in crisp raw fruits and vegetables helps cut down plaque. Fruits and veggies that are loaded with vitamin C and other antioxidants protect gums and help to minimize bacterial infections.
Whole grains such as quinoa, millet, and brown rice offer a hearty, healthy addition to your diet. They provide magnesium and other minerals and vitamins that contribute to strong teeth and healthy bones.
Daily Care Really Adds Up
Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day keeps plaque and debris from building up and breaking down the enamel. Using toothpaste with fluoride and drinking water enriched with fluoride can also strengthen teeth. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral which helps rebuild weak enamel.
Let Us Help You In San Ramon
For healthy teeth, regular visits to the dentist are always the most important tip. Dr. Carol Jin, DDS and her highly skilled team of assistants can identify early signs of weakened tooth enamel and help you set a course of action to improve the health of your teeth. Let us help you care for your brittle of fragile teeth and improve your quality of life.
Call us today to make an appointment and be on your way to healthier teeth.