How to Protect Your Teeth Enamel

Jan 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Dental News, Preventive Care

how to protect teeth enamelThe teeth enamel is the outer layer of your teeth.

You know your constant soda drinking is staining your teeth, but that one habit is only the tip of the iceberg if you do not start protecting your teeth enamel now. The process your teeth are undergoing is called acid erosion. Left untreated, it can lead to not only discolored teeth, but also pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, and worn down or cracked teeth.

What is the teeth enamel and why should I protect it?

As the hardest substance in the human body, it is designed to protect the underlying dentin, which is connected to oral nerves. If your tooth enamel is eroded with acidic substances, the dentin is exposed, causing severe pain in your teeth. In addition, your teeth may change in color, develop divots on the surface, and crack.

What substances contribute to the erosion of teeth enamel?

While brushing your teeth too hard can contribute to acid erosion, it is most often caused by consuming acidic substances. Occasional use of these substances is acceptable, as your saliva is designed to neutralize acids. However, frequent use can make it difficult for the saliva to keep up with the job. The biggest offenders on the acid erosion list are:

  • Fruit juices
  • Sports drinks
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Wine

How can I protect my tooth enamel?

  • Avoid eating or drinking acidic substances, or at least limit their frequency.
  • Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
  • Brush with a soft toothbrush.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes to brush after consuming acidic substances, as the enamel is more vulnerable at this time.
  • Visit Dr. Denes regularly for dental checkups.

If your teeth are showing signs of acid erosion, contact Drs. Alex Denes and Claudia Denes at (559) 297-1800. Fresno Dental Studio gladly treats patients in Fresno, Clovis, Sanger, Mendota, Orange Cove, Reedley, Selma, and the surrounding areas.

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