5 Important Ways to Keep That Beautiful Smile

It’s important to understand how seemingly normal behaviors 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 smiles.

Here are five important ways to keep that beautiful smile:

  • Watch out for oranges, lemons, and limes:  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 and pop consumption: As with fruit, soda is acidic and damages the 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.
  • Choose water first: 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 twice a day: Brush gently. It is important to use a softer brush. We also recommend waiting 30 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 our 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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