Our teeth work hard and are constantly 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 widespread, 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 ailments, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.
At The Parkway Dentist, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt future erosion if some has already taken place.
Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:
1. Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been eroded, it can’t be regenerated.
2. According to the NIH, 41% of teenagers already have enamel erosion. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11132512
3. Aggressive brushing can hurt enamel.
4. Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as harmful 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 further erosion. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been compromised. Call The Parkway Dentist today at 469-949-8707 to schedule an examination. Dr. Cook will give you counsel on the best dental treatments for enamel erosion.
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