Enamel erosion is a common dental concern that many patients develop. We only get one enamel, so it is important that patients take the necessary steps to keep it protected. Throughout the day we consume different variations of acids that can affect our enamel in various ways. Being aware of things that can harm your enamel is one of the greatest tools you can use to keep it healthy and bright.
Dr. Dominic Roppa, Dr. Kara Marshall-Roppa, and Dr. Aimee Bachman are a team of experienced dentists in Viera, Fl, dedicated to providing patients with high quality, personalized dental care. As part of our Viera dental practice, Dr. Roppa, Dr. Marshall-Roppa, and Dr. Bachman believe in providing patient education to equip patients with the knowledge to better care for their smile. Patients can contact Smile Viera online or call (321) 614-3833
What is tooth enamel erosion?
Tooth enamel erosion occurs when the teeth lose the outermost layer. The enamel is the outermost layer of the teeth, which is meant for protection. The translucent tissue acts as a barrier for the teeth. Once damaged, the enamel can not regenerate. Only a skilled dentist can provide services to help improve the aesthetic of teeth that have undergone tooth enamel erosion.
What causes tooth enamel erosion?
- Excessive consumption of acidic foods and beverages
- Practicing unhealthy oral habits
- Dry mouth
- Acid reflux
- Teeth grinding
What are signs of tooth enamel erosion?
The signs of tooth enamel erosion vary from patient to patient, but these are some of the indicators that tooth enamel erosion has taken place:
- Sensitive Teeth: As the enamel breaks down, it can become more sensitive to different temperatures and certain kinds of foods.
- Tooth discoloration: As the enamel layer is weakened, the color of the teeth begin to change. Teeth affected by tooth enamel erosion may appear to have a yellow tint and spots.
- Cracked and Chipped Teeth: Enamel erosion can cause the teeth to become weaker, leaving the teeth more prone to cracks and chips in the enamel.
How can tooth enamel erosion be prevented?
Most dental concerns are preventable if you properly care for your teeth. Practicing excellent oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing at least twice a day can help keep your smile healthy and bright. There are also other ways to minimize your chance of developing tooth enamel erosion.
- Use an ADA Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwash. Fluoride helps keep your enamel protected and can even assist in strengthening it over time.
- Try chewing sugar-free gum. Dry mouth is a common cause of enamel erosion. Chewing sugar-free gum can help increase saliva productivity which minimizes the amount of enamel erosion.
- Minimize the amount of acidic food and beverages you consume. Limiting the amount of acidic foods and beverages can help keep your teeth protected against erosion.
Planning visits to our Viera, FL dental office regularly can help Dr. Roppa identify any sign enamel erosion. If he does find signs of dental erosion, he can offer the proper services to help restore your smile.