Our teeth work hard and are consistently under attack. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. At The Addison Dentist, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong.
Enamel erosion is extremely pervasive. Fortunatley, it is also largely preventable. Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal conditions, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.
Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:
- Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been eroded, it can’t be regenerated.
- According to the NIH, 41% of teenagers already have enamel erosion.
- Aggressive brushing can hurt enamel.
- Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as detrimental as sugared sodas.
- Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.
If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to stop it. There are several procedures that can protect the teeth that have been harmed. Call us to schedule an examination.
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