Is your smile showing signs of degrading? Your teeth may be showing signs of a yellow colour, daily wear-and-tear or even tooth decay. If so, this is a sign of enamel erosion. The enamel is the hardest substance in the body, located on the front surface of your teeth to protect your smile from damage and harmful substances. When enamel erosion happens, teeth are more likely to attract these harmful substances such as bacteria and acids.
How Does Damage Occur To My Enamel?
Damage to your enamel is likely to stem from the following:
- Poor oral health owing to a weak oral routine
- Avoidable habits
- The food and drink you consume
- High concentration of baking soda when brushing teeth
In greater detail, food and drink comprising of high sugar levels is a major culprit for enamel erosion. The bacteria in your mouth thrive on high sugar content. The bacteria, sugar and acids combine together to form an acid attack, getting through the underlying nerves and structure of your teeth. This cannot happen if your enamel is strong enough.
Therefore, foods such as sweets, sour foods and candies contain a lot of acidic properties. Combining this with a poor oral routine that involves not brushing your teeth at night after eating, not flossing, or not keeping your mouth clean, the enamel will progressively become worse.Enamel erosion will also occur if there is a lack of saliva levels in the mouth. This is a condition known as dry mouth. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay as it washes away food particles and bacteria from the mouth. This reduces the acidic level to a more alkaline level.If you’re a regular drinker or alcohol, this also contributes to dry mouth and cause enamel erosion. Drinking alcohol instead of water will mean you suffer from dehydration.
Do Not Brush Your Teeth Too Hard
A common oral hygiene mistake is people believe brushing teeth too hard is the way forward to keep enamel strong. This is incorrect because brushing your teeth too hard will cause fractures to your teeth. When brushing your teeth, you must ensure that you first use a soft-bristle toothbrush, and brush around your teeth with gentle circular motions in the front, back and biting areas of your teeth.
Resolve Any Issues With Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is a condition where your teeth clench and grind together either during sleep or when stressed. The difficulty with this condition is you’re not likely to be aware that you’re performing it. If you wake up and see your teeth slowly degrading, it is like you’re suffering from teeth grinding. Consult your dentist for a custom-fitted dental mouthguard. A mouthguard will place a gap between the upper and lower roof of your teeth so your teeth do not grind together.
Alternatively, you can contact one of our Docklands dentists for a check-up today. The dentist will perform a comprehensive review of your oral health and will likely locate signs of damage to your enamel. The dentist will clean your teeth but also provide oral hygiene advice so you can start strengthening your enamel to preserve your smile.