Our teeth work hard and are consistently under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. At Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco, we want all of our patients to have strong, healthy teeth.
Unfortunately, enamel erosion is common, though 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.
We educate our patients about how to keep their tooth enamel strong and halt additional erosion if some has already happened.
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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11132512
- Aggressive brushing can hurt enamel.
- Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous 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 had some enamel erosion, it’s important to take steps to stop it. There are several procedures that can protect teeth that have been harmed.
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