Would you be surprised to learn that the strongest muscle in your body and the strongest substance in your body are both in your mouth? As you might know, your tongue is actually the strongest muscle—but would you be surprised to learn that your enamel is actually the strongest substance? But while your enamel, which is the protective substance in your mouth, is hard, it can still be damaged.
Enamel erosion occurs when your enamel is worn down as part of a chemical acid process. For instance, your enamel could wear down intrinsically, which is typically caused by gastric acid. You may have to cope with this type of erosion if you have acid reflux disease, anorexia, or are pregnant with morning sickness. You could also suffer from extrinsic erosion, which is typically caused by sweet and sugary foods.
There are a few signs of enamel erosion you can watch for. For instance, if your teeth look worn down or are discolored, you could be suffering from enamel erosion. The edges of your teeth may also seem transparent, or you may suddenly experience sensitive teeth.
Fortunately, your enamel can remineralize and build itself up, but there are things you may consider doing to help the process. For example, brushing with a fluoride based toothpaste twice a day and flossing should help. You should also remember to eat a healthy, well balanced diet and limit the amount of sweets you eat.
If you’re worried about enamel erosion, or just want to check the health of your teeth, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Cory Williams, and our team will examine your teeth and gums and, if necessary, help you devise a plan to improve your oral health care. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact Cory Williams, DDS at 910-763-1072. We are eager to receive your call.