Treatments for Tooth Enamel Erosion
If the enamel on your teeth erodes, it’s gone! Enamel doesn’t grow back because it has no living cells.
Still, all is not lost: there are a couple of treatments your Plano dentist can provide when your tooth enamel erodes.
Tooth enamel acts as a protector of your teeth as you go through your day-to-day life. The hard enamel protects the inner layers of your teeth from the effects of grinding, eating, biting, and so on.
This outer layer of your tooth actually is the toughest tissue in your body, but it’s not immune to outside forces. Tooth enamel erosion occurs over time as you drink colas or other sodas with citric and phosphoric acid. What’s more, your tooth enamel can become stained – thus staining your teeth – by drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and by smoking.
Regular checkups with your Plano dentist also are important because your dentist and the office’s staff can clean your teeth and help keep staining to a minimum. Your dentist also can tell when your enamel is getting a bit thin.
One way you can tell that your tooth enamel is eroding is because hot and cold drinks that once caused you no problem, now make you wince with pain: tooth enamel protects your teeth from foods and beverages that are too hot and cold.
Additional signs of possible enamel erosion are chipped teeth, or small cracks in your teeth. Your teeth also may show a feature known as cupping, where small indentations appear on the surface of your teeth.
Enamel erosion also leaves your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and the formation of cavities.
While tooth enamel can’t be replaced, your Plano dentist may treat the condition by placing a crown over the tooth, protecting it from further decay. Your dentist also may opt for tooth bonding, in which the dentist places a tooth-colored resin on the affected tooth or teeth, and hardens it (bonds it) to your teeth with a special light. Bonding and dental crowns both provide a natural look to your teeth – no one will know you’ve had work done.
To prevent enamel erosion, practice the following good oral hygiene habits:
- Avoid carbonated drinks and sodas as well as high acidic juices such as lemon and orange juice. If you must drink a soda, use a straw – it helps push the acidic liquid away from your teeth and to the back of your mouth.
- Make sure you brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can strengthen the enamel.
- Chew sugar-free gum between meals because chewing creates saliva and the minerals found in saliva also help strengthen teeth.
- If you snack between meals, aim to eat non-sugary foods. If you do eat foods with sugar, aim to brush your teeth within 30 minutes.