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Why Enamel Wear Is a Big Deal

March 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sunnydental @ 11:26 pm
Woman experiencing enamel wear

Bacteria, acid, sugar, and different temperatures are just a few of the many things that your teeth are fighting against on a daily basis. Your protective enamel is responsible for keeping the softer, more sensitive parts of your teeth safe from harm. Without it, the center of your teeth would not have any protect from the outside world. Even though your enamel is the strongest part of your entire body, it isn’t indestructible, and unfortunately, it doesn’t grow back. Continue reading to learn about some of the causes of enamel wear, why it is harmful, and what you can do to keep it from happening to you.

What Are the Causes of Enamel Erosion?

The most common reason behind enamel erosion is the acid that is found in foods and drinks. Saliva can help by neutralizing these acids, but if you are having too many of these foods or beverage, your teeth won’t stand a chance against it. It will eventually wear away over time. Here are some other reasons why enamel erosion can occur:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Low salivary flow
  • Using certain medications regularly, like antihistamines and aspirin
  • Eating disorders, like bulimia

Why Is Enamel Erosion So Harmful?

When you have eroded enamel, you are much more likely to experience other oral health issues as a result. This is because the sensitive layers of the teeth are being exposed to destructive substances. Here are some of the many symptoms that are more likely to occur:

  • Increased sensitivity
  • Cracks and chips
  • Discoloration
  • Indentations or “cups” on the surface of your teeth
  • Increased tooth decay
  • Rough edges on the teeth

Ultimately, enamel wear means that you could have oral pain, tooth loss, infection, and gum disease!

How Can Enamel Wear Be Prevented?

Even though enamel cannot grow back, when it is week, it can still be saved in a process known as remineralization. At this time, the minerals in the enamel are replaced in order to strengthen. The easiest way to do this is by using dental products that contain fluoride. You should also be consuming foods that are high in calcium, like dairy products. Fluoride acts as a barrier for the teeth and calcium is essential in order to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.

In addition to excellent oral hygiene and a balanced diet, be sure that you are seeing your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. This way, you can keep your enamel save from harm!

About the Author

Dr. Christopher Duong earned his dental doctorate from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco and has completed various continuing education courses in a wide variety of topics, including endodontics and oral surgery. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment at his office in Lancaster, visit his website or call (469) 765-8050.

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