Understanding enamel erosion
While most patients are aware of the two common conditions that can impact their oral health, cavities and gum disease, they may not be aware that there are other conditions that exist as well. One of these conditions is that of enamel erosion.
What is enamel erosion?
Enamel is the outside coating of a human tooth. While enamel on teeth is actually stronger than the bones in one’s body, it can be made softer due to factors such as acid. Acid is linked to sugary substances, such as sodas, sports drinks, and candies. These acids can be detrimental to tooth enamel, wearing it away and causing it to become softer and more susceptible to problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. With this in mind, it is becoming more important than ever for patients to maintain their smile’s health with brushing and flossing after each snack and meal.
How to protect the teeth from enamel erosion
Brushing and flossing after eating or drinking beverages is not only the best way to reduce the risk of cavities and periodontal disease, but also to keep enamel erosion from occurring. In addition to home health care on a daily basis, patients can also make these lifestyle changes to strengthen the teeth and protect them from enamel erosion.
• Consider your beverages. High sugar beverages can negatively affect the smile’s health and also lead to enamel erosion. Instead, switch from sodas and sports drinks to clean and filtered water. If straight water is too bland for you, consider adding a squeeze of lemon or other fruit into the water for a refreshing taste!
• Remove sugars and acids as soon as possible. Any time you consume a food or beverage with sugars, such as coffees, wines, and sodas, brush and floss the teeth as soon as possible to remove acids that can soften tooth enamel.
• Strengthen the bones. Strong bones can be achieved with proper intake of calcium and other minerals in one’s diet. Patients should already be taking a daily multivitamin to ensure proper health over time and to improve the nutrient and mineral intake.
Contact Montefiore Medical Center today to discuss enamel erosion
With eleven convenient locations throughout the area, patients can speak to our providers about this and other dental concerns. Call (888) 700-6623 to speak to our team and schedule a consultation visit.