Did you know that the strongest muscle in your body is actually your tongue? Have you also heard that your mouth also contains the strongest substance in your body? As you may already know, this incredibly hard substance is your enamel–the outer, protective layer of your teeth. But even though enamel is extremely hard, it can still be damaged or eaten away by plaque and tartar. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent enamel erosion.
Your enamel will wear down because it is damaged by acids, regardless of whether these acids are intrinsic or extrinsic. Sugar and sweet foods can become acids in your mouth and damage your teeth. Similarly, gastric acid intrinsically wears down your enamel. This problem is often caused by morning sickness, acid reflux disease, and even anorexia.
There are a few signs of enamel erosion you can watch for. For instance, if your teeth look worn down or are discolored, you could be suffering from enamel erosion. The edges of your teeth may also seem transparent, or you may suddenly experience sensitive teeth.
Fortunately, your enamel can remineralize and build itself up, but there are things you may consider doing to help the process. For example, brushing with a fluoride based toothpaste twice a day and flossing should help. You should also remember to eat a healthy, well balanced diet and limit the amount of sweets you eat.
If you’re worried about enamel erosion, or just want to check the health of your teeth, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Brant Pittsley, and our team will examine your teeth and gums and, if necessary, help you devise a plan to improve your oral health care. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact MI Beautiful Smile at 248-634-7002. We are eager to receive your call.