Tooth enamel is the hard, outer surface layer of your teeth that protects against tooth decay. Additionally, tooth enamel is considered to be the hardest mineral substance in your body. Acids that develop from starchy and sugary foods and drinks can put your enamel at risk. This occurs when plaque bacteria produce acids that can weaken and destroy tooth enamel; acids can attack and soften the tooth surface. Unfortunately, once your enamel is gone, it cannot be restored.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Enamel Loss?
Some possible signs of tooth enamel damage include:
- Discoloration: Yellow or shiny teeth
- Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods
- Texture: Roughness around the edges of your teeth
Causes of Enamel Loss
Stomach acid is one of the most possible causes of tooth enamel erosion. Conditions that promote this problem include:
- Acid Reflux
- Binge Drinking (Frequent bouts of binge drinking lead to vomiting, which causes acid to break down your teeth)
Snow Family Dentistry Tips That Can Help Protect Tooth Enamel
Use Specialized Toothpaste
Try brushing with a toothpaste like Crest Gum & Enamel Repair. It neutralizes plaque and bacteria along the gum line and is proven to help repair weakened enamel.
Avoid Sugary Drinks and Food
As mentioned above, sugary foods and drinks can cause plaque build up on your teeth. This causes acid to break down your tooth enamel overtime. If you do indulge in a sugary treat, make sure your brush your teeth before you go to sleep.
Use a Fluoride Mouthwash
By adding a fluoride mouthwash to your routine, you can protect your teeth against cavities in hard-to-reach areas, and help neutralize that plaque bacteria in your mouth that can weaken enamel.
Brush and Floss Regularly
We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, along with daily flossing, to help promote oral health.
Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry
At Snow Family Dentistry, we can help you achieve your perfect smile! From regular checkups, to teeth whitening– we will work to keep your teeth healthy and bright! To schedule a free consultation with us today, please click here!