Is your smile showing signs of degrading? Your teeth may show signs of a yellow colour, daily wear-and-tear or 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 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 with high sugar levels are significant culprits 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, sweets, sour foods and candies contain many acidic properties. Combining this with a poor oral routine involving not brushing your teeth at night after eating, not flossing, or not keeping your mouth clean, the enamel will progressively worsen. 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 by washing away food particles and bacteria from the mouth. This reduces the acidic level to a more alkaline level. If you’re a regular drinker of alcohol, this also contributes to a dry mouth and causes 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 their 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 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 when your teeth clench and grind together 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, you suffer from teeth grinding. Consult your dentist for a custom-fitted dental mouthguard. A mouthguard will place a gap between your teeth’ upper and lower roof so your teeth do not grind together.
Alternatively, you can contact one of our Docklands dentists for a check-up today. The dentist will comprehensively review your oral health and 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.