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
- 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!