The strongest material in your body, tooth enamel, is also vulnerable to erosion from the damaging effects of acid in the mouth. If tooth erosion is not addressed, it can pave the way for oral bacteria and dental plaque to pass through the layers of your teeth through tiny holes created by the acid. Decay sets in the bonelike dentin below the enamel, and in the nerve network in the tooth pulp below that, leaving you with cavities.
Signs that you may have enamel erosion include tooth sensitivity, discoloration of tooth enamel, translucence in the enamel, or cracked or rounded teeth.
Acidic foods and drinks consumed with frequency can wear down your tooth enamel over time. These sources include:
· Citrus fruits
· Hot sauce
· Tomato sauce
· Carbonate drinks (soda)
· Fruit juice
To lower the impact of acid from these sources, try drinking water with these foods, drink them with meals or with cheese and nuts. For acidic drinks, you habitually consume, use a straw to lessen contact on your teeth.
Medical conditions can also expose your teeth to acid, specifically, the acid in your stomach. This happens when acid travels up the esophagus and into the oral cavity from vomiting or acid reflux. Pregnancy nausea and eating disorders can cause vomiting. A medical professional can help you with this type of acid exposure.
If enamel erosion is occurring in your smile, call our Bart Deering DDS team in Rowlett, Texas for assistance. Our dentist, Dr. Bart Deering is ready to help you with all your oral health needs. We can be reached at 972-271-4545 today!