Understanding Enamel Erosion

Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not invincible. It is the body’s armor, protecting the vulnerable inner tooth surface from all the chemicals we take into our body in the form of food and drinks. When the enamel starts to wear and show signs of that wear, it is referred to as enamel erosion. Enamel erosion stages can range from mild to severe and can occur on any or all teeth. Cracking, sensitivity, discoloration, rough enamel surface, and pitting and holes are all signs of enamel erosion. Because enamel does not contain living cells to allow it to regenerate itself, it’s vital to address enamel erosion on teeth early to prevent further damage and tooth loss.

Enamel Erosion Causes

  • High carbohydrate drinks
  • Drinking soda
  • Frequent meals
  • Grinding teeth
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Dry mouth (any cause)

Enamel Erosion Prevention

  • Diet/lifestyle changes
  • Mouthguard for nighttime grinding
  • Treating reflux
  • Treating dry mouth

Enamel Erosion Treatment Options

  • Remineralizing therapy to repair and preserve existing enamel
  • Bonding resin on damaged teeth to repair and improve function
  • Veneers or crowns to restore function to severely eroded teeth

Common Questions About Enamel Erosion:

How can I tell if I have enamel erosion or just stains on my teeth?

If your teeth are starting to look yellowed or browned and you have sensitive teeth, you should probably suspect enamel erosion. You may not be able to tell what is causing your teeth to change color on your own, but staining is worth monitoring to make sure it’s not a symptom of a bigger problem. Take your concerns to your dentist if you want to be sure.

Will erosion get better on its own?

No. Enamel cannot grow new cells, so it cannot repair itself without outside help. It is far more likely that it will continue to get worse on its own because the conditions that caused it to occur in the first place haven’t changed.

What foods are most likely to cause enamel erosion?

Foods that contain a lot of simple sugars and starches cause erosion frequently. Foods with a high acid content also tend to contribute to enamel erosion, as does soda and fruit juice.

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