You may know that your enamel is extremely hard. In fact, your enamel is actually the hardest substance in your body. You see, your enamel is the protective outer layer of your teeth, and while it is hard, it can wear down. This can lead to a number of problems because without your enamel, your teeth will be left more vulnerable to decay.
Tooth enamel can break down for a number of reasons—and sometimes there won’t be anything you can do to avoid it. For instance, illnesses like acid reflux disease, dry mouth, and vomiting can all lead to enamel erosion. Similarly, some medications can wear down enamel because they are highly acidic.
Acids from your diet can also cause enamel erosion. Please don’t misunderstand, even a healthy, nutritious diet will have acid in it. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your enamel. For instance, saliva can help neutralize acid. To promote saliva flow, you can chew gum or crisp fruits and vegetables. Similarly, if you have a highly acidic meal, you should consider swishing your mouth with water afterwards.
You may also consider using fluoride toothpaste every time you brush. This toothpaste will strengthen your enamel and help protect your teeth from decay and cavities. However, if you have tooth decay or cavities, our team could prescribe a toothpaste with more fluoride in it.
If you think your teeth could be suffering from enamel erosion, we recommend contacting Oak Park Dentistry at 269-375-0800. Dr. Ronald Flachs and our team will gladly address your oral health and give you personalized recommendations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.