If enamel erosion is affecting your smile, you are not alone. Although tooth enamel is the strongest material in your body, it can still be affected by acid levels in the mouth. This is important because left untreated, enamel erosion can allow bacteria and plaque to penetrate through small holes in the enamel, affecting the bonelike dentin and the nerves in the tooth pulp.
As this decay progresses, tooth decay and cavities flourish.
You may have enamel erosion if you notice the following: translucence enamel or discoloration of the tooth enamel, cracked or rounded teeth, and tooth sensitivity.
Acids in the mouth comes from the foods and drinks you frequently consume. Eating cranberries, pickles and citrus fruits, or tomato sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, and salsa can expose your teeth to acid.
Try drinking water with these items to help dilute the acidic effects. teeth. Frequently drinking fruit juices, wine, and carbonated beverages also expose your teeth to acid. Nibbling cheese and nuts with these drinks helps to neutralize the acid, and drinking through a straw will also limit acid contact on your teeth.
Medical conditions such as pregnancy nausea, bulimia, and acid reflux can also expose your teeth to the acid in your stomach. Seeking help from a medical professional can help you with these.
If you need help protecting your smile, our Mark L. DeWitt DDS team in Lansing, Michigan is here to help. Call 517-323-7926 to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Mark DeWitt and let us get your smile back on track!