Our teeth work hard and are continually under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Tragically, enamel erosion is extremely 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 problems, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.
At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and prevent additional erosion if some has already occurred.
Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:
1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been worn away, it can’t be regenerated.
2. According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11132512
3. Vigorous brushing can weaken enamel.
4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as detrimental as sugared sodas.
5. 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 prevent additional erosion. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been harmed. Call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS today at 801-938-8855 to schedule an examination. Dr. Blackwood will give you advice on the best dental treatments for enamel erosion.
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