Is it Possible to Restore Tooth Enamel?
It’s important for adults to understand that they can have dental issues just like children can. However, following a good oral health routine at home including regular flossing and brushing, as well as scheduling your semi-annual dental cleaning appointments can help ward off dental issues, such as tooth enamel erosion, that you may otherwise have.
Dental technology has also come a long way in helping adults achieve the smile they want. There are technologies today such as dental implants, bridges, veneers, and braces that help you correct any dental issues that may not have been taken care of as far back as childhood.
However, one problem that continues to cause many adult patients problems is the enamel of their teeth wearing off. Enamel gets worn down when you indulge in too many sugars such as cookies, cake, and candy regularly. Diet sodas and other soft drinks are notoriously hard on your enamel as well.
So, the real question many adults have is: Can I restore my tooth’s enamel?
Tooth Enamel Erosion:
Your foods and drinks can have a massive effect on the health of your tooth enamel. Sugars and soft drinks are not the only things you can consume that will harm your enamel. Other harmful foods include those that are very acidic in nature as well as caffeinated beverages.
Another issue that causes enamel to wear off is a condition called bruxism, which means you grind your teeth at night while you sleep.
Luckily, discoloration of the teeth or sensitivity to cold foods are clues that your enamel is wearing off of your teeth more quickly than it should be. Enamel may be stronger than bone, but it still has a problem with wearing away and getting destroyed if not properly taken care. The earlier enamel erosion gets addressed, the faster you can take care of the problem.
You Can’t Make New Enamel:
Enamel is like bone, and once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. However, you can preserve what you have left. The process of maintaining the enamel you have left (and even strengthening it) can get done by consuming an appropriate mix of calcium and fluoride. This combination of nutrients helps fortify your enamel before it erodes further, especially in areas where it’s already weak.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride is a protecting ingredient that preserves enamel by acting as a barrier between what you eat and drink and the enamel left on your teeth.
How to Prevent Tooth Enamel Erosion:
You can prevent further tooth enamel erosion by being mindful of your diet and avoiding an excessive amount of sugary treats such as cookies, cakes, and candies. Replacing soft drinks with water and green/black tea will help preserve your enamel as well.
There are also a few medications that can erode tooth enamel more quickly (such as aspirin). If you believe this is an issue, talking to your doctor might be your best method of prevention. If you must stay on your current medication, talk to your doctor about a supplement that can help protect your enamel.
Protecting your enamel is important as that is what protects your teeth from cavities and decay. Be sure to take a proactive approach and keep much of your enamel as you possibly can. Preventative action is the best way to do that.
For further assistance, please feel free to contact us at Big Bend Orthodontics for further assistance or to schedule your appointment today.