Enamel is the outer coating of your teeth. It's very hard, and it protects the dentin beneath. Even though enamel is strong, it's possible for it to erode. Worn enamel leaves your teeth vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.
Here are some of the most common causes of enamel erosion:
- Soda and other carbonated drinks
- Carbonated water
- Fruit juice
- Forceful brushing
- Teeth grinding
- Chronic dry mouth
Acids present in citrus, carbonated beverages and fruit juices wear away enamel over time. But erosion can also be caused by physical forces such as abrasion and teeth clenching. Certain medications can also corrode enamel. The eating disorder bulimia is another cause.
Depending on the extent to which your enamel has eroded, you may be able to prevent further damage, or you may require one of the following restorations to protect the teeth:
- Tooth crowns
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth bonding
You can't really re-grow tooth enamel after it has been stripped away. But the tooth restorations above can re-build the tooth and protect it from further damage. To prevent enamel erosion, consider the following tips:
- Use light, gentle pressure when you brush your teeth
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Cut back on or eliminate soda and fruit juices from your diet (alternatively, use a straw when drinking these beverages to prevent the liquid from touching your teeth)
- Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production, which contains minerals that strengthen your teeth
Rely on our dentists to solve your dental health problems. Schedule an appointment with us today if you suspect your enamel may be eroded or if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity for some reason. Please call our Rochester, NY office at 585-227-4390.