Have you long assumed that your surprisingly durable teeth are able to withstand just about anything? While enamel is very resilient, it is not perfect. It can stand up to immense pressure and undergo the negative effects of bacteria for just so long until it begins to wear down under the pressure. Curious about protecting your tooth enamel from erosion? We are here to help.
Let’s clear this up for a moment: Tooth enamel is the outermost of multiple tissue layers of your teeth. It is extremely hard, durable, and somewhat stain resistant. In fact, enamel is so tough, it’s harder than the bones in your body. However, it can still become damaged!
Unfortunately, this extremely protective layer of your teeth can become worn as the result of multiple factors. The good news is that you can prevent the erosion of your tooth enamel. First, let’s explore some ways that erosion may occur:
- The environment in your mouth may become too acidic, whether from drinking sugary or carbonated beverages, experiencing acid reflux, or dealing with cotton mouth (too little saliva leaves teeth vulnerable to multiplying bacteria and decay)
- Physically scraped enamel can occur as the result of toothbrushes with bristles that are too firm, from using abrasive products, or from friction (such as with grinding from bruxism)
Protecting Tooth Enamel
Effective preventive care can help you avoid enamel erosion. It’s important to keep your smile clean and moist. Begin by brushing your teeth, flossing your smile, and scheduling your visits with us. Anything that you need help with (such as dry mouth or bruxism), we will address and provide treatment for during your checkup.