Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
The enamel of the teeth is the part that keeps them strong and protects the inner layers of the tooth. So when this begins to erode there is increased damage to the teeth.
In order to prevent and repair damage to the inner layers of the teeth the enamel must be protected and repaired where it has eroded away. Prevention can be the most important way to slow enamel erosion, both at home and at the dentist.
Food selection to prevent tooth enamel erosion
Basic prevention and protection of tooth enamel starts at home with food choices and habits. Foods that are high in added sugar stick to the teeth or are high in carbohydrates that can speed the weakening of tooth enamel and lead to cavities and even the breaking or loss of teeth.
Choosing foods that are low in sugar helps to protect tooth enamel. Rinsing the teeth after meals can reduce the sugar that is consumed and remains on the teeth.
Keeping teeth clean of build-up reduces tartar that weakens enamel. Rinsing will not remove all food particles or clean teeth fully, so brushing and flossing are a must.
Teeth should be flossed to loosen the food particles and any build-up and then brushed twice a day. When weakened enamel is a known concern it can be helpful to brush more frequently than twice a day, such as after each meal.
Cleanings to prevent tooth enamel erosion
Your dentist can offer additional protection against enamel erosion. With regular dental cleanings, tartar build-up and plaque is removed, allowing teeth to be clean and it becomes easier to keep them that way.
Cavity repair to prevent tooth enamel erosion
When enamel has become eroded, a veneer can be used to add another layer over the tooth once any cavities have been filled, or a crown can be added to rebuild the strength of a tooth. Repairing cavities as they occur will not restore the enamel but it will return some strength to the tooth and ensure the roots and the inner materials are covered, controlling pain and allowing regular tooth use.
Erosion of tooth enamel can be caused by diet, poor habits, or even genetics, as some people simply have a weaker or thinner enamel than others. To counteract these concerns one must make healthy food choices with low sugar but high nutrients, and continue to brush and floss teeth twice daily with regular dental visits.
Once enamel has been eroded it cannot be replaced, but cavities that occur can be filled and cared for to avoid further damage.
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Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.
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