Do you have white spots on your teeth? Are your teeth quite sensitive? Do your teeth have cracks, chips, or indentations? If yes, then you may be experiencing enamel erosion.
Tooth enamel is the hardest
substance in the human body. It is the clear coating that protects your teeth.
However, being the strongest substance in the body does not mean it should be
neglected. Enamel can erode. Without the protection of enamel, you not only
risk developing decay, but also abscesses, tooth pain, and even tooth loss.
What Causes Tooth Enamel
There are several factors
that cause tooth enamel to erode, some of which are the result of everyday
actions. Sugars and acids can wear down enamel. If you regularly drink soft
drinks or sugary fruit drinks, you may be damaging your teeth. To protect your
teeth, limit your consumption of such drinks. Alcohol can also erode enamel, as
well as a diet that is high in sugary or starchy foods. The bacteria in the
mouth can transforms starches and sugars in foods such as bread into damaging
Other factors include acid
reflux, recurrent vomiting, gastrointestinal problems, genetically inherited
conditions, grinding your teeth, even brushing too hard or not flossing
properly. All of these impact the health of your enamel, and, ultimately, your
teeth. Once the enamel is worn or chipped away, it cannot be replaced.
Keep the sweets from becoming
everyday treats, replace white breads with whole grains, and try eating more
cheese and yogurt to bolster the calcium in your saliva to keep the acids in
How Can Enamel Erosion Be
In addition to exercising
moderation with soft drinks, alcohol, sugars and starches, and, of course,
taking extra care with regard to medical conditions and your tooth care
regimen, there are a few extra things you can do to protect your smile. Saliva
can neutralize harmful acids in your mouth. By drinking water and chewing
sugar-free gum, you can boost saliva production.
Keep the sweets from
becoming everyday treats and replace white breads with whole grains. Add more
cheese and yogurt to your diet. Not only are both foods high in calcium, but
they also help neutralize harmful acids in your mouth.
Tooth enamel is essential for maintaining a healthy smile. Be mindful of what you eat and drink. Enamel erosion may also be the consequence of other complications such as excessive teeth grinding or acid reflux. Regular visits to our Harrisburg dentist allow our team to provide a full examination. If we detect that your enamel is eroding, we will discuss potential causes and solutions.
To schedule your next visit to our Harrisburg family dentist, please contact Mint Dental of Harrisburg today.
Mint Dental of Harrisburg
Phone: (704) 455-2177
5500 Highway 49 South, Ste. 100
Harrisburg, NC 28075