Our teeth work hard and are continually under assault. It’s no wonder that nature encases them with an armor of enamel—the hardest substance in the body. Tragically, enamel erosion is widespread, though largely preventable. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we educate our patients about how to keep their enamel strong and halt additional erosion if some has already occurred.
Like much of dental health, enamel’s chief enemies are acidic foods and beverages. Other factors that can weaken enamel or wear it away are some medications, tooth grinding, acid reflux, gastrointestinal problems, chewing ice or other hard substances, and eating disorders.
Here are five quick facts about enamel erosion:
- Enamel is unlike many other body tissue. Once it is gone, it can’t be regenerated.
- According to the NIH, 41% of adolescents already have enamel erosion.
- Vigorous brushing can damage enamel.
- Diet sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks are just as detrimental 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 affected. Call Arbor Lakes Dental. Your dental health matters. Our services include cosmetic and family dentistry.
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