Did you know that enamel, the protective covering for your teeth, is the strongest substance in the body? Wow! Every time you chew, your enamel is working hard to keep your teeth safe. However, if you do not properly care for your teeth, your enamel can suffer. Even though the enamel it is highly mineralized and very strong, it can still become damaged. It is important to maintain an oral care routine and diet in order to keep your teeth healthy:
Enamel erosion can be caused by several things and can be either intrinsic (gastric acid) or extrinsic (acids from foods). If you suffer from enamel erosion, you can expect to experience the following:
- Sensitivity: Experience discomfort while chewing foods or consuming foods that are hot or cold.
- Worn Down Teeth: The top of your teeth appears to have ridges, chips, or cracks.
- Tooth Discoloration & Transparency: Enamel erosion can cause your teeth to change color and become translucent along the edges. When the enamel breaks down, it can expose the dentin of your tooth (The layer below the enamel and surrounds the soft center of the tooth).
Ways to Keep Your Enamel Healthy
The enamel makes up the outer layer of your teeth and acts as a shield of protection. Keeping up with your dental care will keep the teeth healthy and prevent against tooth decay and cavities. To keep your enamel strong, try to remove highly acidic and sugary foods from your diet, as these are the fastest way to erode your enamel. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, as the water helps to clean your teeth and even remineralize your enamel. Additionally, make sure to brush and floss your teeth daily. To strengthen your enamel further, you can use a fluoride toothpaste or rinse. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help physically remove food and acids from your teeth, but also encourage saliva production that neutralizes the harmful acids that can erode your teeth.
At Premier Dental Associates,keeping our patients’ teeth strong is a top priority of ours! If you experience any tooth discomfort, please do not hesitate to call us with any questions. Remember to keep on smiling!