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Would you be surprised to hear that there are several things you should consider if you’re hoping to enjoy a healthy smile? For example, you might have heard that you should brush and floss your teeth regularly to clean your teeth and avoid cavities. Still, have you heard that a cavity might actually weaken your enamel and leave you more vulnerable to even more issues? Still, other issues could damage your enamel–but there are several steps you can take to protect your enamel.

Again, please remember that brushing and flossing are important, but would you be surprised to hear that brushing after eating might damage your enamel? Eating actually softens your enamel, and if you brush while your enamel is soft, you’ll actually damage your teeth. You can usually avoid brushing your teeth just by waiting for your enamel to harden again. Generally, you’ll only need to wait for about thirty minutes.

Drinking water while you wait can also rinse acids from your teeth. Unfortunately, illnesses and some medications might also damage your enamel. If you have yellowed or rounded teeth, you may be dealing with soft or weakened enamel. If you notice any of these signs, we suggest scheduling an appointment with our team.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting the health of your enamel in San Antonio, Texas, we invite you to give Culebra North Dental Care a call at 210-680-1550. Our dentist, Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to meet with you.