01 Aug How to Prevent Enamel Loss in Prescott, AZ
Have you ever wondered about tooth enamel and why it’s so important? At Hicks Dental Group in Prescott Arizona, the health of your teeth—and keeping you informed about your dental health—are our top priorities. That’s why in today’s post we will talk about how to prevent enamel loss so you can keep that valuable protective coating on your pearly whites for a lifetime of use.
What is Enamel Loss?
Enamel loss occurs when food, drink, and other elements erode the hard outer layer of your teeth. This hard outer layer is very important because it protects your teeth against cavities and tooth decay. Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body—even stronger than bone—some wear and tear is inevitable. Because tooth enamel cannot be regrown, it is vitally important to minimize this wear and tear through preventative care of your teeth.
What Causes It?
Enamel loss is often caused by acids in our food and beverages. While most foods and beverages contain some acid, certain types of foods and beverages lead to more enamel loss than others. These include foods with high sugar and starch content, as well as acidic fruits and fruit juices that contain high levels of vitamin C. One of the most common causes of enamel erosion is soda, which contains sugar and acids that can seriously damage enamel. Other causes of enamel loss include acid reflux, bulimia, chronic dry-mouth, teeth grinding, genetics, and certain medications like antihistamines and aspirin.
How Can I Tell if I Have Enamel Decay?
- Yellow or discolored teeth
- Clear or translucent teeth
- Chipping and cracking on outer surface and edges of teeth, as well as tooth fractures
- Highly sensitive teeth and pain when exposed to various temperatures and acidic foods
- Cupping, or indentations on the surface of teeth
Types of Treatment
Of course, prevention of enamel erosion is the best approach to dental care. Even though tooth enamel is extremely strong, it cannot be regrown. Once enamel is lost, it is lost forever. But it does take a long time for enamel to erode, and it is never too late to begin treating this issue—even if some erosion is already apparent.
How to Prevent Enamel Loss:
- Choose foods and beverages that are less sugary and less acidic
- Brush your teeth regularly with a fluoride toothpaste after meals
- Floss and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash every day
- Make sure to schedule regular six-month dental cleanings
- Increase your water intake, and swish water in your mouth after consuming acidic foods and drinks
If significant enamel loss has already occurred, talk with your dentist here at Hicks Dental Group in Prescott about possible restorative techniques. There are a few treatments that can help, including sealants, tooth bonding, veneers, and crowns. If you have more questions about how to prevent enamel loss, be sure to ask us at your next appointment or call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you keep your smile beautiful and healthy!