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How to prevent enamel loss and damage

Did you know that enamel is the hardest substance in your body? Enamel protects your teeth from daily wear and tear, excessive temperatures, and chemicals. Even though it’s tough, it can get damaged, and because it has no living cells, your body can’t repair it once it’s damaged.

The good news is there’s plenty you can do to prevent enamel loss and damage and keep your teeth strong and healthy, including using a toothpaste that protects your enamel, like the new Pepsodent Germicheck 8.

What causes enamel loss and damage?

Enamel’s biggest enemy is acid – from sugar, starch, and even fruit juices. Other causes include dry mouth (xerostomia), acid reflux disease, gastrointestinal problems or side effects from medications. You can also experience enamel loss and damage because of an inherited condition, or from simple wear and tear caused by excessive brushing or teeth grinding.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms depend on the severity of the enamel loss and damage, but they can include:

  • Sensitivity to certain foods, such as sweets or hot or cold drinks
  • Lacklustre or translucent teeth, especially at the edges
  • Cracks and chips, where the teeth become rough or jagged
  • Discoloured teeth: when the inner layer of dentin becomes exposed
  • Indentations: pitting on the surface of the teeth

How can I prevent enamel loss and damage?

There are plenty of practical ways you can keep enamel loss and damage at bay:

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste: Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste like Pepsodent Germicheck 8, which contains CPC, neem, and clove oil that gives you whole mouth protection and protects your enamel. The formula fights germs that are not just on your teeth, but also on your tongue, cheeks, and gums.
  • Cut down on acidic food and drink: This includes fizzy drinks and fruit juices, citrus fruits and vinegar. If you do consume these, drink plenty of water right after.
  • Sip acidic drinks through a straw: This gets the liquid to the back of your mouth and away from your teeth.
  • Watch your snacking: A sugary or starchy snack between meals feeds the bacteria in your mouth, which in turn produces acids. Go for something healthier, or brush your teeth after snacking (but wait for at least half an hour before doing so).
  • Don’t overdo it: Overbrushing contributes to enamel damage and sensitive teeth, so avoid brushing too often and too vigorously.

Stick to a rigorous oral care routine twice a day every day to minimise permanent acid erosion. With a bit of care, you too can achieve healthier and happier smiles for years to come.