What Causes Enamel Erosion?

woman brushing teethTooth enamel erosion can lead to damaged teeth, but fortunately, there are ways you can avoid this problem.

What is Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Tooth enamel erosion is the wearing away of the thin translucent covering on a tooth. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, and it protects your teeth from damage as a result of chewing, biting, and grinding, as well as from chemicals and hot/cold temperatures.

What Are the Causes of Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Tooth enamel erosion can be caused by a variety of things, including:

  • Acidic Beverages: Soft drinks and fruit drinks
  • Acidic Foods: Apples and berries
  • Sugary Foods
  • Starchy Foods: White bread
  • Grinding Your Teeth
  • Dry Mouth
  • Acid Reflux
  • Brushing Too Hard
  • Biting on hard objects: Ice

What Are the Symptoms of Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Tooth enamel erosion can cause symptoms that include:

  • Hollows in your teeth
  • Shiny spots or rough edges on your teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth pain
  • Cracks and chips in your teeth
  • Dark, yellow, or stained teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot & cold
  • Sensitivity to acidic foods/beverages

Can Tooth Enamel Grow Back?

Tooth enamel can’t grow back. But with proper care and treatment, it may be stopped before it causes extensive damage.

How Can Tooth Enamel Erosion Be Treated?

Tooth enamel erosion can be treated in the following:

Covering the Tooth with a Crown or Veneer

Used for significant damage

Tooth Bonding

Applying a tooth-colored resin that protects your teeth and covers up discoloration

Practicing Good Oral Hygiene

To prevent damage from getting worse

How Can You Prevent Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Preventing tooth enamel erosion can be done in the following:

  • Limiting foods and beverages that are sweet or acidic
  • Rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking something acidic
  • Waiting at least an hour to brush your teeth after having acidic foods or drinks
  • Drinking through a straw to limit a liquid’s contact with your teeth
  • Drink plenty of water if you have dry mouth
  • Chewing sugar-free gum to avoid dry mouth
  • Receiving treatment for issues such as GERD or tooth grinding
  • Using a soft toothbrush and avoiding brushing too hard

When Should I See a Doctor for Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Regular dental care and good oral hygiene are key to preventing tooth enamel erosion. You should also see your dentist outside of your regular appointments if you have any unusual symptoms, such as yellowing or darkening teeth or sensitivity to hot and cold.

What Foods Should I Avoid for Dental Enamel Erosion?

Foods that are very sugary, starchy, or acidic should be eaten only in moderation. They include the following:

  • White bread
  • Candy
  • Citrus fruits
  • Potato chips
  • Berries

For regular dental care or for treating tooth enamel erosion or other issues, make an appointment today or call our office at 860-667-2600. At Cedar Mountain Dental, our team is committed to providing high-quality care for all your dental needs.