Five ways to protect the enamel on your teeth

The enamel of your teeth is the physical part that can be observed with your naked eye – it consists of minerals and hydroxyapatite, a bone-like material. Unfortunately, when neglected, the enamel of the teeth start to erode. Over time, the dentin will be exposed, and with continued neglect, the raw pulp will show. Eventually, this will lead to a cavity that will need filling.

Enamel Receding Risk Factors:
Erosion of the enamel is caused by sustained contact between the teeth and acidic substances. The demineralization of the teeth will occur in increments once the environmental pH reaches the critical threshold of 5.5. Acids in the oral cavity stem from acidogenic bacteria, ingested acids, and acids through the back flow of gastric contents.

Risk groups:
Individuals suffering from bulimia nervosa. Repeated purging exposes the enamel to caustic stomach acids.
Acidic beverages. Carbonated drinks, fruit juices, alcohol, and some sports drinks are naturally acidic to preserve ingredients or freshness. Erosion starts by the softening of the enamel, becoming susceptible to physical abrasives like teeth brushing.
Frequent ingestion of acidic foods can also affect the integrity of the enamel. Fruits and acidic berries have a higher frequency to be erosive.

Prevention:
Thankfully, prevention and the restoration of teeth is possible. Forgoing soda for water, limiting your exposure to citrus drinks, and drinking alcohol in moderation can help prevent further damage. The enamel could be restored with the aid of fluoride-enriched toothpaste and oral hygiene products.

Some medical conditions can further damage your enamel, leading to underlying issues that may not be apparent. Carolina Smiles Dentistry has dedicated oral education and health in the Durham & Raleigh area. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Waters today.

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