Did you know that the hardest material in your body actually exists in your mouth? It’s hard to believe, but your tooth enamel is actually harder than your bones!
Think of tooth enamel as a hard sheath that delivers big when it comes to protecting your teeth. Enamel is the covering that provides your teeth with insulation from the elements. This protective shell has to be the toughest material the human body generates, since enamel is tasked with protecting your teeth from biting and chewing forces as well as shielding your teeth from environmental toxins and biological invaders.
Although it is the strongest material in the body, tooth enamel is far from indestructible. It can become cracked, cavitated, or suffer from abrasion or erosion from everyday wear and tear. The bad news is that once enamel becomes damaged it does not regenerate.
More on Enamel Erosion
Erosion of tooth enamel is caused by acids in the mouth, which can come from several sources, including the consumption of acidic foods and beverages as well as from a bacteriological reaction to the sugars in the foods we eat every day. Acid in the mouth can also arise from genetic predispositions or other health conditions, which means this acid can attack on multiple fronts, creating serious damage if left untreated.
Symptoms of enamel erosion include tooth sensitivity, discoloration, chips or cracks in the teeth, shooting pain, or “cupping,” which are indentations which occur on specific surfaces of the teeth.
Preventing Enamel Erosion
You can do your best to prevent enamel erosion by brushing and flossing regularly (at least twice a day) and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. You can also limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages to minimize the damage.
Tooth Restoration After Enamel Erosion
Although your tooth enamel cannot be restored once eroded, at Audubon Dental Center, there’s a lot we do to help protect the teeth and prevent further damage. If you do suffer from enamel erosion, there are several treatments available that can help restore your smile. Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We have a long track record of creating beautiful smiles for the entire family. Your path to amazing oral health is just a phone call away!