What is Wearing Down your Enamel?

Your tooth’s enamel is the strongest substance in your body. Keeping your enamel strong is important because it protects your teeth when chewing and crunching foods. However, over time our daily habits cause our enamel to weaken and break down. Let’s take a closer look: 

Food and Beverages 

When acids from food and beverages wear down our enamel, this is called erosion. Soda, black coffee, and fruit juices are particularly common causes of erosion. Foods high in acid and sugar are also likely culprits. Always be aware of how much sugar you are consuming. Fruits should be eaten in moderation, as should hard, sour, or chewy candies. 

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, otherwise known as xerostomia, can also cause enamel wear. Salvia coats your enamel with calcium, flushes away harmful bacteria and works to neutralize acids. This, in turn, protects your teeth against potential damage. With dry mouth, saliva is not present and enables plaque and bacteria to take over and wreak havoc on your teeth. 

Teeth Grinding and Clenching

Teeth grinding and clenching, called bruxism, can cause many dental health issues. Often occurring while asleep, bruxism causes your teeth to weaken, chip, and crack. If you often wake with headaches and jaw soreness, this may be a sign that you grind your teeth at night. Several things such as stress or sleep apnea can trigger teeth grinding. Your dentist will fit you with a mouth guard to protect against enamel wear. If you think you are grinding your teeth, please contact Premier Dental Associates!

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of enamel wear include: 

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Cracks and chips on your teeth
  • Indentations on your teeth, known as cupping
  • Teeth become discolored

Keeping your Enamel Strong
To prevent enamel wear, always drink plenty of water throughout the day. This helps fight dry mouth and harmful bacteria in your mouth. You can also cut back on the amount of sugar you consume, both in food and beverages. If you do consume sugary foods on occasion, it is always smart to rinse your mouth with water afterword. Finally, always make sure to brush, floss and rinse your teeth with a fluoride-based mouthwash. Fluoride will help keep your teeth strong, so it can fight off decay. 

At Premier Dental Associates, your dental health matters to us. Keeping your enamel strong is important to your tooth’s health. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact us at 212-587-0202! 

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