Preventing Enamel Erosion | Jim Schall DDS

Are you noticing white spots on your teeth? Experiencing sensitivity? Cracks, chips, or indentations? These could be signs of enamel erosion.

Tooth enamel, the hardest substance in your body, is the protective coating on your teeth. But even though it’s strong, enamel can erode. Without it, you’re at risk of decay, abscesses, pain, and even tooth loss.

What Causes Enamel Erosion?
There are several factors that contribute to enamel erosion, many stemming from daily habits. Sugars and acids found in soft drinks or fruit juices can wear down enamel. Limiting these drinks can help protect your teeth. Alcohol, sugary or starchy foods, and even certain medical conditions like acid reflux can also erode enamel. The bacteria in your mouth can convert starches and sugars into harmful acids, contributing to erosion.

Other factors include recurrent vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, genetic conditions, teeth grinding, and improper oral hygiene practices. Once enamel is worn away, it’s gone for good.

Preventing Enamel Erosion:
In addition to moderating consumption of sugary drinks, alcohol, and starchy foods, there are steps you can take to safeguard your smile:

  • Boost Saliva Production:
    Drinking water and chewing sugar-free gum can increase saliva, which neutralizes acids in your mouth.
  • Choose Tooth-Healthy Foods:
    Opt for whole grains over white bread and incorporate more cheese and yogurt into your diet. These foods are rich in calcium, which helps neutralize acids.
  • Maintain Regular Dental Visits:
    Regular check-ups allow our team, led by Jim Schall DDS, to monitor your enamel health. If erosion is detected, we’ll discuss solutions to protect your smile.

Your smile is essential to your overall health and well-being. By being mindful of what you eat and drink and maintaining regular dental visits, you can preserve your enamel and keep your smile shining bright.

Schedule your next visit with Smile Partners today. Contact our team to prioritize your dental health with Jim Schall DDS.

Smile Partners of Bel Air
Phone: (410) 879-4444
1920 Rock Spring Rd., 2nd Floor
Forest Hill, MD 21050