Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your entire body. Unfortunately, when oral acids attack this outer tooth layer, it can weaken and deteriorate over time. This is called enamel erosion, which represents the most common type of enamel damage.
Your enamel is also a mineral. Unfortunately, this means that once it is lost, it doesn’t grow back on its own. Therefore, it becomes imperative that we do everything we can to protect this important layer of our teeth. It’s the component of your teeth that we show to the world and also the one that defends the inner portions of your teeth.
Protecting Your Enamel
The best way to protect your enamel is to avoid the foods and drinks that trigger acid attacks. This includes sodas, energy drinks and even fruit juices. Enamel erosion can also be caused by acid reflux, brushing too vigorously, dry mouth or certain medications. Tooth erosion will only get worse if you do not address the source of the problem.
Warning Signs that Enamel Erosion Has Begun
If you have enamel erosion, you may have the following signs and symptoms:
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Yellow or Dull Teeth
- Uneven Edges on the Teeth
- Shiny Spots on the Teeth
- Increased Tooth Decay
- Tooth Fracturing
- Transparent-looking Teeth
At Green Dental of Alexandria, we offer state-of-the-art dentistry in a safe and soothing environment. This includes providing effective treatments to repair weakened or damaged teeth. While we can’t make your natural enamel grow back, we can provide tooth bonding or dental crowns to replicate this outer tooth layer and repair the strength and integrity of the tooth. We also make it a priority to determine what is causing your enamel erosion so that the cycle can be stopped before more serious complications develop.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
Green Dental of Alexandria – Alexandria Dentist
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725