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.
Enamel erosion occurs when your enamel is worn down as part of a chemical acid process. For instance, your enamel could wear down intrinsically, which is typically caused by gastric acid. You may have to cope with this type of erosion if you have acid reflux disease, anorexia, or are pregnant with morning sickness. You could also suffer from extrinsic erosion, which is typically caused by sweet and sugary foods.
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.
If you think your enamel might be wearing down, we recommend contacting our team as soon as possible. There are also a number of things you can do on your own to help your enamel. You should remember to brush and floss your teeth daily. You may also consider using a toothpaste with fluoride in it. Finally, please remember to follow a healthy diet that doesn’t contain too much sugar.
If you’re worried about enamel erosion, or just want to check the health of your teeth, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Yelena Mullakandova, 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 Boutique Dental, P.C. at 718.821.0170. We are eager to receive your call.