Tooth Enamel Loss
Tooth enamel loss is a serious problem that many people are completely unaware of altogether. Tooth enamel is the hard protective outer layer of a tooth. It is white in color and very dense. Until recently it was impossible to rebuild tooth enamel, once it was gone it was gone for good. However, there have been recent advances and there are now toothpastes that rebuild tooth enamel and other remineralization systems.
Tooth enamel loss can be caused by over brushing, either with a toothbrush that has bristles too hard or simply by pressing too hard. This can also cause receding gums which can cause tooth sensitivity. It is best not to brush with a hard bristle toothbrush. Brushing after eating acidic foods can also increase the rate of tooth enamel wear. Learning good oral hygiene habits is essential to good oral health.
Tooth enamel loss can also be caused by eating sugary foods. The acids that sugary foods produce can do serious damage to the enamel. Cavities are small areas where enamel loss has occurred, rather than over larger spans. Bulimia can also erode the tooth enamel, mostly on the inside surface of the teeth and expose the underlying dentin, giving the teeth a yellow appearance. Tooth grinding can quickly wear down the chewing surfaces of the teeth and make the flatter.
Fluoride is excellent at preventing tooth enamel loss. Fluoridation of the water provides strengthens the tooth enamel. Fluoride, if ingested while the teeth are forming, can significantly reduce the occurrence of cavities in teeth by strengthening the enamel. Fluoride in toothpaste helps as well but is less effective. If used regularly, however, it can prove invaluable in the fight against tooth decay. Fluoride rinses like PerioMed use highers concentrations of fluoride when the fight is more desperate but must not be swallowed.
If you would like to learn more about your tooth enamel loss and would like to speak with an Atlanta dentist, feel free to give us a call. The Atlanta Dental Group PC has over 45 years combined experience serving Atlanta’s dental needs. Our dentists are dedicated to their patients’ good health and well being. You are welcome to join our family of patients. If you would like to schedule a dental consultation with our Atlanta dentist, Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky, call 404-874-7428 to make an appointment.