Enamel is the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth. If it erodes, it can be very uncomfortable, with symptoms ranging from tooth sensitivity and discoloration, to painful cracks in the teeth. What is tooth erosion caused by, and how can you prevent it?
The acid in the foods and drinks we put in our mouths can cause tooth enamel to wear away. While the calcium contained in your saliva will help remineralize (strengthen) your teeth after enamel is exposed to small amounts of acid, saliva alone is not enough to fight a constant barrage of acids from carbonated drinks, fruit juice or wine, or even the effects of acid reflux or frequent vomiting.
Follow these tips to help avoid the destructive effects of acid on your tooth enamel:
- Reduce or eliminate drinking carbonated drinks.
- If you do enjoy an occasional carbonated or acidic drink, have it pass through your mouth quickly — don’t sip it over an extended period of time — and use a straw, when possible, to reduce the liquid’s exposure to your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth with water after consuming an acidic drink, and wait an hour before brushing, to allow the enamel to remineralize.
- When you do brush, use a soft toothbrush, and fluoridated toothpaste.
Please ask us to discuss the causes, effects and steps necessary to fight Enamel Erosion in order to maintain the most healthy, comfortable and attractive smile Possible.