Did you know that the strongest muscle in your body is actually your tongue? Have you also heard that your mouth also contains the strongest substance in your body? As you may already know, this incredibly hard substance is your enamel–the outer, protective layer of your teeth. But even though enamel is extremely hard, it can still be damaged or eaten away by plaque and tartar. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent enamel erosion.
Enamel erosion occurs when your enamel is worn down as part of a chemical acid process. For instance, your enamel could wear down intrinsically, which is typically caused by gastric acid. You may have to cope with this type of erosion if you have acid reflux disease, anorexia, or are pregnant with morning sickness. You could also suffer from extrinsic erosion, which is typically caused by sweet and sugary foods.
There are a few signs of enamel erosion you can watch for. For instance, if your teeth look worn down or are discolored, you could be suffering from enamel erosion. The edges of your teeth may also seem transparent, or you may suddenly experience sensitive teeth.
There are a few things you can do to if your enamel starts to wear down. Enamel may eventually remineralize, making itself stronger again. There are also a few things you may be able to do to help your enamel strengthen itself. First, please remember to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. It’s also important for you to remember to floss daily. Finally, you should also eat a healthy diet.
If you’re worried about enamel erosion, or just want to check the health of your teeth, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Jon C. Packman, and our team will examine your teeth and gums and, if necessary, help you devise a plan to improve your oral health care. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact Jon C. Packman, DDS, PLLC at 704.873.2211. We are eager to receive your call.