This blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD focuses on enamel, and its role in your dental health.
Our teeth work hard and are constantly under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is extremely pervasive, though largely preventable.
Enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, teeth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal ailments, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.
At Destination Dentistry, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt future erosion if some has already developed.
Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:
- Enamel is unlike many other tissues in the body; once it has been eroded, it can’t be regenerated.
- According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11132512
- Too-forceful brushing can impair enamel.
- Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as dangerous as sugared sodas.
- Dry mouth can weaken enamel because it results in less saliva which helps keep enamel healthy and strong.
If you have already experienced enamel erosion, it’s vital to halt it. There are several dental procedures that can protect the teeth that have been compromised.
At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, the dental health of our patients is our top priority. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.
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