Did you know that our body’s strongest and most durable tissue is tooth enamel? It is firmer than steel and sturdier than our bones! The substance on the outer layer of your teeth is called tooth enamel. Enamel is in charge of keeping your teeth safe from harm.
However, don’t be tricked by enamel’s hardness. Enamel on teeth can be broken down and lost, resulting in “enamel erosion.” This can lead to serious dental problems and physical discomfort as a result.
Causes for Enamel Erosion
Dental Hygiene Issues: Poor dental hygiene is one of the most common causes of enamel degradation. Usually, just following the basics of dental hygiene is enough to keep your teeth from eroding. Given that over half of all adults don’t brush their teeth twice, it’s no surprise that many people suffer from tooth erosion.
Diet: Sugary foods, acidic foods, coffee, and carbohydrates are all known to cause enamel erosion. When you combine the ingestion of these along with poor dental care, you’re putting your tooth enamel at a greater risk of degradation.
Disorders of Health: Enamel erosion can also be caused by certain medical conditions. Anorexia frequently results in malnutrition, which can erode tooth enamel. Bulimics are particularly vulnerable to erosion. The compulsion to vomit often erodes tooth enamel due to the acidity of the vomit. Binge eating disorder can also lead to the over consumption of the erosion-causing items we outlined previously.
Grinding of the teeth: Stress and anxiety can cause you to grind your teeth. While intermittent tooth grinding is natural and typically not hazardous, grinding your teeth regularly will wear away your enamel.
Tooth Enamel Erosion Symptoms
It’s crucial first to understand the signs and symptoms of enamel erosion, so you know what to expect if you’re not attentive.
Tooth Sensitivity Increased
As enamel wears away, a larger piece of your tooth is exposed to the foods and drinks you consume. Temperature (very hot or cold objects), specific textures (crunchy items, hard foods, etc.), and tastes (especially acidic/harsh foods/beverages) may all cause you to experience sensitivity. Depending on the severity of the erosion, you may experience everything from slight discomfort to excruciating pain.
Enamel erosion causes discoloration, which is one of the first signs you’ll notice. Teeth can get discolored and yellow over time. The teeth may have varying degrees of discoloration, which can make them appear splotchy and unappealing.
You’ll notice that some areas of your teeth are clear or translucent, in addition to the discoloration. You may also see that certain areas appear to be exceptionally bright, in contrast.
Your teeth become weaker when the enamel on your teeth deteriorates. Teeth can become more readily broken, chipped, and damaged as a result of this. You may also notice “cupping” or small indentations in your teeth.
Enamel erosion can cause a lot of pain and problems with your teeth. The best course of action is to keep your enamel healthy by watching what you eat, treating health issues associated with enamel erosion, and practicing good oral hygiene.
Regularly visiting a dentist for cleanings and check-ups is a vital component of that maintenance. If you see any of these above symptoms, visit Bravo Dental to get your enamel restored.
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