Keeping Enamel in Good Condition | Lewisville Kids Dentistry

Keeping Enamel in Good Condition | Lewisville Kids Dentistry

PEDIATRIC DENTIST IN LEWISVILLE, TX
Posted on July 1, 2024


Have you noticed white spots on your teeth? Are they sensitive? Do you see any cracks, chips, or indentations? These could be signs of enamel erosion.

Understanding Enamel Erosion

Dental enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, protecting our teeth from daily wear and tear. However, even this strong barrier can wear down over time. Without enamel, teeth are susceptible to decay, abscesses, pain, and even tooth loss.

Factors Contributing to Enamel Erosion

Several factors can cause enamel erosion, many of which are related to daily habits and diet. Here are some common culprits:

  • Sugary and Acidic Drinks: Frequent consumption of soft drinks and sugary fruit drinks can erode enamel. To protect your teeth, limit these beverages.
  • High-Sugar and Starchy Diet: Foods high in sugar and starch, such as white bread, can be harmful. Bacteria in the mouth convert these substances into acids that attack enamel.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol can also contribute to enamel erosion.
  • Health Issues: Conditions like acid reflux, recurrent vomiting, and digestive issues can lead to enamel erosion.
  • Genetic Factors: Some people are genetically predisposed to weaker enamel.
  • Bruxism: Grinding your teeth can wear down enamel.
  • Improper Oral Hygiene: Over-brushing and under-flossing can damage enamel.

Preventing Enamel Erosion

While enamel cannot be replaced once it is lost, there are several steps you can take to protect it:

  1. Limit Harmful Foods and Drinks: Reduce your intake of soft drinks, alcohol, sugars, and starches.
  2. Healthy Diet: Opt for whole grains instead of white bread and incorporate more cheese and yogurt into your diet. These foods are high in calcium, which helps neutralize harmful acids.
  3. Hydration and Saliva Production: Drink plenty of water and chew sugar-free gum to boost saliva production, which helps neutralize acids.
  4. Proper Oral Hygiene: Brush gently twice a day and floss daily to maintain healthy enamel.

Additional Considerations

Enamel erosion can also result from other conditions, such as excessive grinding of the teeth or acid reflux. It’s essential to address these issues with your dentist to prevent further damage.

Schedule a Dental Check-Up

At Lewisville Kids Dentistry, we prioritize your child’s dental health. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for detecting early signs of enamel erosion and addressing them promptly. During your visit, we will discuss potential causes and offer solutions to protect your child’s enamel and overall dental health.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, schedule an appointment with our dental team today to ensure your child’s smile stays healthy and strong.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Lewisville Kids Dentistry. We’re here to help your child maintain a bright, healthy smile!

Lewisville Kids Dentistry
Phone: (972) 436-9121
501 S Stemmons Fwy
Lewisville, TX 75067

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