Your enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and plays an essential role in protecting our inner teeth from decay and infections. If you keep your enamel strong, those pearly whites will shine brightly, and you’re unlikely to fork out for expensive dental treatments.
Furthermore, it is important to understand more about the enamel and what is meant by enamel erosion so that you can take the necessary steps in your oral routine to protect your smile.
Your teeth are composed of four separate parts:
- Enamel – The outer layer of your teeth protecting your dentin
- Dentin – The inner layer sitting underneath the enamel which is considered the largest dental tissue and makes up most of the tooth structure
- Pulp – The outer layer sitting behind the dentin comprising of soft tissue that contains the nerves and blood.
- Root – A part of the tooth that holds your tooth firmly in place, embedded against the jaw
What Is Enamel Erosion And What Causes It?
Enamel erosion is the process where it becomes weaker due to an acid attack. An acid attack forms when bacteria from dental plaque and sugar combine to attack your teeth, exposing the underlying dentin to dangerous infections and cause tooth sensitivity. Progressively, this can lead to decay, which you can read more about here.
Here are the common causes of enamel erosion:
- Constant Sugar Intake – Sugar is the largest culprit when it comes to exposing your oral health. Your favourite sodas, candy, sweets, sports drink and other processed sugars will expose your enamel very quickly.
- Snacking Without Brushing Teeth – If you constantly snack without brushing your teeth at night, your food will contain debris from those snacks. This will quickly form into bacteria and build dental plaque around your teeth.
- Overzealous Brushing – Overzealous brushing means brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristle brush causing tooth abrasion. This means that your teeth become under excessive pressure when your toothbrush touches them. The abrasion can expose your enamel.
- Bulimia – Bulimia is the process of regular vomiting that builds stomach acid. This can come into contact with your teeth and damage your enamel.
How Can I Protect Myself From It?
It is simple. Perform a strong oral routine that involves keeping your teeth and gums healthy whilst keeping your mouth clean. Therefore, continue to brush and floss your teeth daily, ensure that you clean the inside of your mouth after eating, and alter your diet comprising of calcium-rich foods that can help strengthen your enamel. Do not neglect check-ups at the dentist, because they are best placed to determine the overall state of your oral health and keep your mouth clean.
If you’re seeking support with your oral health, we’re ready to help! Contact us at Ashfield Family Dental now and check yourself in with us!