Tooth enamel is a calcified material that happens to be the hardest part of the human body. However, just because the enamel is made of stern stuff doesn’t mean that it’s impervious to decay. The big problem is, once you lose your enamel, you can never get it back.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Dental Federation agree that between 60%-90% of children and 9 out of 10 adults experience some form of tooth decay globally. This means that people’s tooth enamel all over the globe experiences some amount of decay, even though enamel erosion and tooth decay are highly preventable.
Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few reasons why it’s extremely important to keep your enamel healthy and what to do to protect yours for the long haul.
What Leads to Tooth Enamel Erosion?
Tooth enamel erosion is brought on by the consumption of certain foods and beverages, not to mention continuous poor dental practices, like failing to brush before bed and after a night of sleep, or neglecting to brush for the proper amount of time it takes to fully clean your teeth and gums. Foods and beverages that are highly acidic are the worst when it comes to causing erosion of tooth enamel.
Signs of Tooth Enamel Erosion
Tooth enamel erosion usually shows itself in the form of tooth sensitivity initially, but it can also show itself in the form of yellowing teeth, or teeth appearing transparent at the tips. The formation of dents, cracks, and cavities can also occur simultaneously with tooth enamel erosion.
How to Prevent Tooth Enamel Erosion
Brushing and flossing correctly is, of course, the obvious way to fight tooth enamel erosion, but, equally, as important, it’s crucial to start eating healthy foods and stop eating sugary, processed carb-ridden foods that attack your enamel. Cut out all sugary, acidic beverages as well. Your smile will thank you for it!
Scheduling regular checkups (at least two a year) is another great way to monitor your tooth enamel — it’s good to leave it to a professional family dentist to gauge where your smile is at any given time.
We’re always here at Audubon Dental Center, whenever you need a check-up, a cleaning, or even if you just need a little bit of information about how to keep your smile healthy and your enamel intact. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Pantano and our dedicated staff are here to help the entire family keep and maintain a movie star-caliber smile.