Enamel Erosion: What Causes It and How to Solve the Problem
Have you been experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity recently and aren’t quite sure of the cause? It is very possible you might be experiencing the result of enamel erosion. Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth. Even though it is quite thin, it is the strongest substance in your body. Although strong, the enamel is not indestructible. Enamel can begin to wear away over time from normal wear and tear. However, there are many outside influences that can also cause enamel to show signs of wear.
Causes of Enamel Erosion
Enamel erosion, or wear, can be caused by:
- Diet high in sugary foods
- Too many acidic beverages and foods
- Stomach issues such as acid reflux or heartburn
- Dry mouth
- Bruxism or teeth grinding
- Hyperemesis gravidarum, a pregnancy complication that causes extreme vomiting
Signs You Are Experiencing Enamel Erosion
As mentioned above, teeth sensitivity is one of the biggest warning signs that your enamel may have begun to wear away. This is typically experienced after eating foods of extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. Another big indicator is unexplained cracks or chips in your teeth. When enamel begins to wear away any added pressure such as from chewing hard foods can result in your molars cracking or breaking.
How to Treat Tooth Enamel Erosion
In certain instances, tooth enamel loss can lead to tooth decay. The first step in solving the problem of decay is through the use of a filling. If the wear is too great the use of a crown or veneer may be recommended to bring back the function and aesthetic appearance of the tooth.
Tooth erosion can be prevented or delayed with proper oral care at home. Be sure to brush, floss, and visit our office every six months for a routine hygiene examination. We also recommend monitoring your sugar intake and the amount of acidic foods you enjoy. Drinking through a straw when possible is also beneficial.
If you have any questions about tooth erosion or think you may be experiencing the effects of this condition, be sure to call our office located in Fort Lee, NJ to schedule an appointment.