Understanding the Leading Causes of Tooth Enamel Erosion

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Did you know that enamel, the outermost layer of teeth, is the hardest substance in the body? Enamel covers the crown of the tooth, and protects the inner layers from the pressures of chewing, biting, and grinding. Though enamel is very strong, you still need to protect it by visiting your dentist regularly to make sure your oral health is good. Keep reading to learn a few of the ways tooth enamel can become eroded.

Food and Drink
You probably know that your diet plays an important role in your oral health. You may be surprised to find out, however, that some foods and beverages that seem healthy can actually wear away at your tooth enamel. Fruit juices are very acidic, and can sometimes be more erosive than battery acid. Sodas, even the sugar-free varieties, have high levels of phosphoric and citric acids which can erode your enamel over time. If you have a diet that is high in sugar and starches, that could also contribute to the gradual erosion of your enamel. Talk to your dentist about how you can modify your diet to be more mouth-healthy.

Tooth Grinding
Do you ever wake up with a sore, tired jaw? If so, you could be grinding your teeth in your sleep and not even know it. Tooth grinding, or bruxism, can wear down your enamel and eventually cause cracking, chipping, or other problems with your teeth. As your enamel erodes, you may notice that your teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold. If you think you may be grinding or clenching your teeth, ask your dentist for ways you can remedy this problem.

Medical Conditions
Certain medical conditions can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel. These conditions include acid reflux and other gastrointestinal issues. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, may also cause your enamel to wear down over time.

Your tooth enamel is essential to good dental health. Call Oak Creek Dental Care in Columbus at (614) 882-5525 to make an appointment with our friendly dental team and assess the current state of your enamel. We offer the latest technologies in preventive dentistry. 

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