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What Causes Enamel Erosion?

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You may have felt that your teeth are a little bit more sensitive than normal, maybe even painful at times. Perhaps you see that your teeth look yellower or darker even though you still regularly brush your teeth. Or maybe you noticed more cracks, hollows, or dents in your teeth. All of these are common signs of enamel erosion.

So how does enamel erode in the first place? Here’s the deal:

Enamel & Acidity

Acid is the main cause behind enamel erosion. This acid can take shape in many forms. For example, drinking acidic beverages or having acid reflux disease can result in acid wearing away your teeth’s enamel. Since vomit contains a high level of acid, those with bulimia or those who regularly binge drink to the point of getting sick are often prone to enamel erosion.

Your saliva actually works to protect your teeth from acidity, but sometimes it’s just too much to fight against and your enamel becomes vulnerable.

Common Acidic Foods & Beverages

Acid can be found in a variety of foods and beverages, some that are obvious and some you may not have considered. Here are common culprits:

  • Citrus fruits (lemon, lime, etc.)
  • Fruit juices
  • Soft drinks
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour candies

To lessen the chance of you experiencing enamel erosion, try to limit how much you eat acidic foods and beverages. If you drink an acidic drink, use a straw so you can minimize the contact between the liquid and your teeth. You can also rinse your mouth with water or chew sugar-free gum after consuming these acidic foods and beverages to rinse away the acids and stimulate saliva flow.

Enamel Protection at Romeoville Dental Center

Since enamel never grows back, it’s important that you do all you can to protect the enamel you have. If you need some extra guidance looking after your teeth, or you need help dealing with your enamel erosion, contact us at Romeoville Dental Center today. Our team is ready to help you out!

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Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.