Tooth Enamel Damage
If you are experiencing persistent tooth sensitivity issues or have tooth discomfort, your tooth enamel may be compromised. Although your tooth enamel, the covering of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body, it can become damaged if not cared for properly. Your tooth enamel is put to the test multiple times a day when you eat, but there are often other reasons for damage.
What Causes Damage to Tooth Enamel?
Damage to your tooth enamel can be caused by:
Improper Oral Hygiene Routine
Not brushing and flossing your teeth correctly can lead to the enamel becoming damaged from decay. Damage can also occur if you brush using a hard-bristled toothbrush and use vigorous strokes. We recommend brushing two minutes twice a day and using dental floss at least once a day.
Grinding and Clenching Teeth
Many patients have developed the harmful habit of clenching and grinding their teeth. It often occurs at night, leaving patients unaware until we diagnose the problem. Over time, clenching and grinding can lead to uneven wear and cause the tooth enamel to become cracked and broken.
Chewing on Non-Food Items
Many people have the habit of biting their nails, chewing on pen caps, and using their teeth as tools to open packages and cut tags, which increases your likelihood of experiencing a dental emergency when your tooth enamel becomes damaged.
If you feel your tooth enamel may be compromised or damaged, contact our office in Fort Lee, NJ. We want to evaluate the state of your teeth as soon as possible to make any repairs. Delaying treatment can lead to more serious treatments, such as a root canal or even a tooth extraction. We want to avoid that at all costs, so we recommend being diligent with scheduling an appointment.