You know that there are a number of things you can do to keep your body clean. For instance, you’ve heard that you should brush and floss daily and that you should visit our dentist once every six months. Still, did you know that one important reason that you should do these things is to protect your enamel—which is typically considered the hardest substance in your body? Yet, while your enamel is hard, it can still wear down, leaving your mouth more vulnerable to cavities.
Tooth enamel can break down for a number of reasons—and sometimes there won’t be anything you can do to avoid it. For instance, illnesses like acid reflux disease, dry mouth, and vomiting can all lead to enamel erosion. Similarly, some medications can wear down enamel because they are highly acidic.
Acids from your diet can also cause enamel erosion. Please don’t misunderstand, even a healthy, nutritious diet will have acid in it. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your enamel. For instance, saliva can help neutralize acid. To promote saliva flow, you can chew gum or crisp fruits and vegetables. Similarly, if you have a highly acidic meal, you should consider swishing your mouth with water afterwards.
You may also consider using fluoride toothpaste every time you brush. This toothpaste will strengthen your enamel and help protect your teeth from decay and cavities. However, if you have tooth decay or cavities, our team can prescribe a toothpaste with more fluoride in it.
If you think your teeth could be suffering from enamel erosion, we recommend contacting Jackson Dental at 810-667-3535. Dr. Thomas Jackson and our team will gladly address your oral health and give you personalized recommendations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.