Everyone knows that it's important to protect, care for, and maintain your teeth. However, what many people don't realize is that some of your everyday activities, and even some genetic issues, could be causing dental problems that you don't even realize that you have. For example, if you are suffering from the erosion of your tooth enamel, you may not spot the early signs. Here are some of the things that you need to know about enamel erosion and your teeth.
The Signs Of Enamel Erosion
There are a few key indications that your teeth are suffering from eroding enamel. As the enamel thins, your teeth will become more sensitive to hot and cold foods. That's because the teeth are losing their protective barrier against temperatures.
Since the enamel on your teeth creates the white finish, thinning enamel will also lead to your teeth appearing more yellow. The dentin that's naturally in your teeth is yellowish in color, which is what causes that color change.
Finally, as that enamel weakens the rest of the way, your teeth will lose the strength that the enamel contributes. This will lead to cracking, chipping, and breaking in your teeth.
The Causes Of Enamel Erosion
There are many things that can cause the enamel on your teeth to erode. Although rare, there are genetic conditions that lead to thin enamel and eroding enamel on your teeth. Your dentist can discuss these conditions with you. Typically, if this is causing the problem, you will have experienced tooth weakness and damage for most of your life.
Excessive consumption of acidic foods can also cause you problems with enamel erosion. If you eat a lot of acidic fruits, the acid in those foods can linger on the enamel, deteriorating it. Dry mouth is another culprit. Most people understand that dry mouth leads to bacteria buildup. However, they don't necessarily realize that the bacteria can actually damage the enamel on your teeth.
The Treatment Of Enamel Erosion
If your dentist confirms that your enamel is eroding on your teeth, he or she will recommend a treatment plan. That treatment plan starts with addressing the underlying cause of your problem. You'll be advised to reduce your consumption of acidic fruits or increase your water intake after eating them. You may also be advised to start using a mouthwash product that helps to combat dry mouth.
Once the underlying cause is identified and addressed, your dentist will also apply an enamel coating as a protective barrier on your teeth. This enamel coating will replace your teeth's natural coating and serve the same purpose.