Tips to Protect Tooth Enamel

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Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it can still erode. When it does, your teeth may be more susceptible to decay, and they can also become more sensitive. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your tooth enamel from breaking down.

If your dentist notices signs of worn enamel, it’s important to understand what habits or aspects of your life could be at fault. Many things can cause tooth enamel to wear away. Here is a listing of some of the most common factors and how to reduce your risk of damage from them:

Dry mouth: Saliva is important because it helps to reduce the acidity in the mouth. If you don’t have enough saliva, the acids produced by bacteria can build up and affect your enamel. Drink lots of water or consider an artificial saliva product if you have trouble with dry mouth.

Bruxism (teeth grinding): If there is evidence that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep, talk to your dentist about being fitted with a custom mouthguard to prevent this issue.

Acidic foods and beverages: Excessive consumption of acidic foods and beverages can harm your teeth, so limiting those items may help you to protect your enamel. When you do drink acidic beverages, try to do so through a straw, which limits the contact of the drink with your teeth.

Medical conditions: Stomach acids can eat away at your enamel, so getting treatment for issues like bulimia or acid reflux can benefit your oral health as well as your overall well-being.

You may notice some symptoms that indicate worn enamel on your own, too. Check in with your dentist if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Rough edges on the teeth
  • Teeth that have become noticeably more sensitive
  • Yellowed teeth (more so than the patient’s typical shade)
  • Dents on the biting surface

It’s important to protect your tooth enamel to promote good oral health. Talk our team of dental professionals at Anderson Dentistry about other suggestions to prevent enamel erosion. Call 817-485-2111 to schedule your visit.