Tooth Enamel: 7 Everyday Ways You’re Damaging It

healthy woman teeth The outer surface of your teeth, called enamel, is designed to last a lifetime. In fact, did you know it is the hardest substance in your body?

Some wear and tear of tooth enamel is inevitable. But there are some surprisingly basic things you may be doing to damage it even more.

Here are seven habits to work on today for a healthier, brighter smile tomorrow.

1. Don’t Eat So Much Sugar

Sugar leads to the production of acids in the mouth, which soften and eventually wear away at enamel. Chewy candies that stick on your teeth are particularly damaging. So are soft drinks. Along with sugar, soft drinks may contain citric acid and phosphoric acid, making them even more acidic. Artificially sweetened soft drinks are a smarter choice than sugary soft drinks. But sugarless sweeteners are acidic and may erode enamel over time. The best choice when you’re thirsty: a glass of water.

2. Get More Calcium