Enamel erosion is when the outer layer of your teeth wears away. This exposes the underlying layers of the tooth and leaves your chomper vulnerable to the effects of bacteria and plaque, which could result in tooth decay development. The common symptoms of enamel erosion include sensitivity, tooth discoloration, rounded teeth, and cracked teeth.
Unfortunately, there are many things in the world today that can cause enamel erosion, and some of those things are:
-Carbonated drinks: These beverages contain high levels of acid. When you drink them, the acid attacks the teeth and wears down the enamel.
-Wine: No matter which wine you decide to drink, the beverage can soften and erode the enamel.
-Fruit juice: Typically, acidic options are the juices that erode the enamel, like lemon, cranberry, orange, and apple juice.
-Stomach acid: When stomach acid comes in contact with the teeth, it can cause serious tooth damage. So, if you suffer from an eating disorder or you have acid reflux, it’s best to consult a professional for help.
The best ways to prevent enamel erosion include avoiding acidic products altogether, eating acidic products with meals, using a straw, and waiting to brush your teeth after you consume something acidic. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about enamel erosion in Chelsea, Michigan, please contact Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea at 734-475-8911. Our dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, and dental team are more than happy to help you.