The Best Ways To Protect Your Tooth Enamel

Most of us have experienced that searing pain when biting into an apple or eating ice cream. Could you have a cavity? Maybe. Or maybe this sudden sensitivity is due to the wearing down of the enamel on your teeth. Tooth enamel is the hard covering over your teeth that protects the soft tissue underneath (via WebMD). "Friction, wear and tear, stress, and corrosion (or any combination of these actions) can cause erosion of the tooth surface," the site explained. 

Coffee, soda, citrus, tomatoes, and other acidic foods and beverages can do great harm to your tooth enamel (via Oral Health Foundation). "The main culprits when it comes to acidic foods and drinks are the two Fs: Fizz and Fruit," the foundation explained. Consider using a straw that can help keep acidic and sugary beverages from touching the teeth. However, eating and drinking acidic foods isn't the only thing threatening the health of your teeth.


We all know that not brushing can be devastating to oral health, but overbrushing can also have negative consequences. Overbrushing, or brushing too hard, can wear away tooth enamel, especially if you are not using the proper toothbrush (via Colgate).

Follow the "2-2-2 rule" by brushing two times per day for two minutes and visiting your dentist two times per year (via Smile Defenders). Your dentist will recommend which level of bristle softness is best for your teeth. For many, a soft-bristle toothbrush is best. Your dentist will also examine your teeth and gums to check for enamel erosion. 

Choosing a toothpaste that helps strengthen your tooth enamel is often a vital part of preventing further damage. When selecting a toothpaste, look for brand names that contain fluoride, as fluoride can help protect tooth enamel and fight cavities (via WebMD). And remember, learning how to brush correctly isn't just for kids! Don't be afraid to show your dentist how you normally brush your teeth.