6 Habits for a Beautiful Smile from E. Scott Saltzman DMD

Every day across the Triangle, people place their teeth at risk when they ignore some simple behaviors. The hard layer of tooth enamel prevents decay and insulates teeth from extreme temperatures, but some common habits damage enamel and open the way for decay and discomfort.

It’s important to understand how seemingly harmless practices can erode tooth enamel. Patients who visit the Triangle-based offices of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry find that Dr. Saltzman and his staff are always eager to share information about how to properly care for their smiles.

Here are six “do’s and don’ts” that help protect tooth enamel and keep teeth healthy:

  • Be wary of citrus: It’s good to get a daily dose of Vitamin C from oranges or other citrus, but the acid in these foods can soften and erode tooth enamel. Even apples, peaches and blueberries score high in acid content. Sucking on lemons is particularly bad for teeth. A good habit to develop is using a straw for acidic drinks and rinsing with water afterward.
  • Reduce soda consumption: As with fruit, soda is acidic and damages enamel. When combined with sugar, these drinks bathe teeth in liquid that promotes bacteria growth, enamel loss and cavities. Even sugar-free soda is high in acid.
  • Enjoy dairy products: At the end of a meal, dairy products such as milk and cheese will counteract the effect of acidic foods. Also, they contain calcium, a necessary building block for strong teeth.
  • Chew some gum: Sugar-free gum after a meal also protects tooth enamel. Just like dairy foods, gum reduces acid. It also creates more saliva, which provides teeth with needed minerals.
  • Choose water: It seems that everyone carries around a water bottle now. Drinking water is one good habit that can wash away food debris and improve saliva production.
  • Brush effectively: Treat teeth with respect and don’t use a stiff-bristled toothbrush. Dental professionals recommend a soft brush. They also recommend waiting 30 to 60 minutes to brush after consuming acidic foods. Enamel will reharden within that window so that brushing doesn’t cause more damage.

Keeping teeth bright and healthy is the first priority at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.  Make an appointment today with Dr. Saltzman to discuss the right game plan for teeth protection.


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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