Ever wonder how to keep your teeth healthy and white? Protect the Enamel to keep them beautiful. Enamel is the white part of the tooth and is very strong. If the enamel is damaged, it can never come back. So here are some tips to maintain beautiful teeth.

1. Don’t Brush After Acids

Wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after drinking acidic beverages, like wine, coffee and fruit juices. Your Enamel is temporarily softened from the acids, and is vulnerable shortly afterwards.

2. No Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste is abrasive. I recommend using a gentle toothpaste so there’s no damage to the Enamel. Use a gentle and thorough brushing technique, twice daily for a minimum of 2 minutes.

3. Clench? Wear a Nightguard

If you clench or grind your teeth during sleep, wear a nightguard to protect your teeth from damage and wear! I can’t stress this enough.

4. Don’t Use Your Teeth to Hold Objects 

Don’t hold hair pins or chew hard things like ice with your teeth. This leads to chipping and cracks in the Enamel. If the teeth chip, they require a filling or porcelain restoration to return the tooth back to its original shape.

5. Floss!

Flossing keeps your gums looking healthy and pink. Preventing gum disease is important to having a beautiful smile.

For more dental tips or to book an appointment, visit North Vancouver’s Third Street Dental – Dr. Melissa Skinner website or email us at reception@thirdstreetdental.com.

Dr Melissa Skinner
Third Street Dental
106 3rd Street West
North Vancouver, BC
V7M 1E8

Tel: (604) 988-8168
Fax: (604) 983-8168

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