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enamel erosion

The Facts on Enamel Erosion
Are you protecting your tooth enamel?

Our enamel is an extremely valuable part of our teeth. And unfortunately, once this protective surface layer has worn away, it doesn’t come back. This is why it’s so important that we do what we can to preserve our tooth enamel by taking the appropriate steps every day. You want to keep your enamel for life!

Here are some warning signs that may indicate your enamel is wearing thin:

  1. Tooth sensitivity

    An increase in tooth sensitivity as a result of cold temperature or sweets can indicated enamel erosion, as there is less of the enamel coating to protect the underlying layers of the tooth. Thankfully, a desensitizing toothpaste is usually able to effectively reduce the amount of tooth sensitivity a person experiences. Our Toronto dentist is always happy to recommend a product to you if you need some help deciding.

  2. Colour changes

    Teeth with weakened enamel can appear more transparent or yellow in colour. Enamel erosion could cause the teeth to discolour because the less of the enamel layer there is, the more the underlying (yellow-y) dentin layer will show through.

  3. Texture changes

    Enamel erosion can lead to texture changes in the teeth. This includes rougher feeling or appearing edges, and dents in the surface. There may be areas on the teeth that also appear shinier, also indicating weakened enamel.

“How can I protect my enamel?”

Here are some ways you can ensure your enamel stays healthy and strong for life:

  1. Avoid acidic foods and drinks.

    Acidic substances are known to eat away at tooth enamel. Avoid regular consumption of acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits and juices or vinegar-based dressings.

  2. Avoid aggressive brushing and hard toothbrush bristles.

    Brushing with too much force or using a hard bristled toothbrush is one way you can cause your enamel to wear and weaken.

  3. Avoid biting down on hard objects.

    Don’t ever make it a habit to bite down on hard things… whether it’s your nails, the end of a pen, or using your teeth to twist off a bottle cap. Your enamel hates this… and aside from accumulative damage over time, you could instantly chip or break a tooth if you’re unlucky.

  4. Address your teeth grinding habit (if you have one).

    Some people grind their teeth at night without even knowing it. Jagged/worn edges on the teeth, or waking up regularly with a sore jaw or a headache are warning signs of an underlying bruxism problem. If you suspect that you grind your teeth through the night, talk to your dentist about having a custom mouth guard fitted to protect your smile.

So, will you be making any adjustments to your oral care routine in order to keep your enamel healthy and strong?