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What Causes Tooth Enamel Wear, and How Can You Mitigate It?

March 9, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcaballeros @ 2:32 pm
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As you age, there are certain things that happen naturally in your body that are out of your control, and this applies to your teeth as well. Your teeth work really hard for you to help you chew your food, speak, and over time, the enamel on them will naturally begin to become thinner and wear down. While it’s normal for this to happen, there are certain things that can cause the process to occur more quickly than expected, and thinning enamel can leave your teeth more vulnerable to breakage and decay. Keep reading to learn some of the causes of tooth enamel loss and ways that you can promote the health of your teeth.

What Causes Tooth Enamel to Wear Down?

The enamel on your teeth acts as a natural barrier between them and the foods and beverages that they come in contact with on a daily basis. While it happens to be the strongest substance in your body, it is not invincible. Here are some different factors that play into wear and tear on tooth enamel:

Highly Acidic Foods and Beverages

Certain fruits like lemons, blueberries, and oranges tend to contain a higher concentration of acid. While these have plenty of other health benefits, it’s important to be mindful of your consumption and be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or brush your teeth after consuming them. When it comes to condiments and sauces, marinara, ketchup, and soy sauce are others to be mindful of. Lastly, most alcoholic beverages also contain high amounts of acid and sugar, which ends up being a double whammy to your enamel.

Plaque Build Up

Plaque build-up is extremely common and along with it comes the collection of bacteria around your teeth and gums. If not removed daily with brushing and flossing, this bacteria can begin to eat away at your teeth, breaking down the enamel and making them more susceptible to decay.

Stomach Acid

The acid that your stomach uses to digest your food is potent enough to break down everything you eat, and the pH of it is just below that of battery acid! If you struggle with stomach issues, such as acid reflux, the stomach acid entering the mouth while digesting your food can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear down over time. Fortunately, there are plenty of medications that can help to get this condition under control.

How to Avoid Tooth Enamel Loss

In order to keep your teeth in the best shape possible for years to come, there are plenty of ways you can help support the strength of your tooth enamel:

  • Avoid highly acidic foods and beverages.
  • Brush and floss every day.
  • Make sure to include plenty of Vitamin D and Calcium in your diet.
  • If you struggle with acid reflux, be sure to find a medication that can reduce the effects of it.

If you think that you might be at risk for accelerated tooth enamel loss, make sure to schedule an appointment to talk to your dentist so that they can help you find practical ways to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

About the Practice

When it comes to expert dental care, you won’t find a better practice than that of Dr. Marco Caballeros and Dr. Carlos Parra at On Point Dentistry. They are always focused on ensuring that their patients are well-educated and have all the tools they need to take great care of their smiles. They have years of training and education to bring to the table, which gives them the capability to provide the highest level of treatment. Are you ready to schedule your next dental appointment? Visit us online or call (469) 476-4092.

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