Did you know that your teeth are protected by the strongest substance your body produces? Known as enamel, the protective layer around your teeth is their first and foremost defense against the harmful processes that can destroy them. Nevertheless, your teeth and their enamel are constantly under attack, and without your attentive care, your smile can soon fall victim to tooth decay and other dental diseases. To help maintain the longevity of your smile, your dedicated Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, explains how you can help give your teeth’s natural defenses a boost.
Improve Your Smile’s Defenses
- Brush and floss often—Your daily hygiene routine is your main tool in preventing the excessive buildup of dental plaque, which consists of over 600 different kinds of oral bacteria, including those that produce acid to attack and weaken your enamel. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, preferably before going to bed at night.
- Eat and drink dairy—Milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products are rich in calcium and phosphate, which are essential building blocks of highly-mineralized tooth enamel. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t produce calcium and must be induced through your diet. If you’re lactose intolerant, ask your physician about nutritional supplements and other daily sources of calcium.
- Attend your regular dental checkups & cleanings—Even if you brush and floss your teeth diligently, your smile still needs the professional care and maintenance that only your dentist can provide. Attend your dental checkup and cleaning at least once every six months to ensure that your smile is properly cleaned and issues are dealt with swiftly.
- Straighten crooked teeth—Crooked and misaligned teeth are not only unsightly; they can increase your chances of developing dental diseases by providing hiding spaces for bacterial dental plaque and food debris to hide. If you have one or more crooked teeth, ask Dr. Cabal if you’re eligible for Invisalign clear braces—the discrete way to straighten your smile.
Straighter, Stronger, Healthier Smiles in Ft. Worth
To learn more about strengthening your teeth and protecting your oral health, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 and schedule a consultation with your Ft. Worth orthodontist. Located in the 76179 area, we proudly serve families from Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Ft. Worth, and all surrounding communities.