You only get a limited amount of tooth enamel. Once it’s lost, the only way to replace it is with a restorative dentistry solution like porcelain crowns. The first hurdle before undergoing dental repairs is determining why you are experiencing enamel erosion and implementing preventive care to stop the problem in its tracks.
Causes of Enamel Erosion
Teeth that are not fully protected by their natural enamel are more likely to develop cavities, gum disease, and other dental infections. If these problems are not addressed, your oral health will continue to disintegrate and pain will be a constant.
Quite often, lifestyle, diet, stress, and environmental conditions are big contributors to enamel erosion. Along with repairing the damage that has already been done to your teeth, some everyday changes will likely need to be made to prevent the problem from continuing.
Here are just some causes of enamel erosion:
- Teeth grinding is one of the biggest causes of enamel erosion. Your teeth closing against each other can exert a force of 200 pounds. Not only does teeth grinding and clenching destroy enamel, it can also lead to cracked or broken teeth. These problems, if undetected, can develop into infected teeth.
- What you put in your body contributes to enamel erosion. Certain medications can cause low saliva production and dry mouth, neither of which is good for maintaining oral health. A high-starch or high-sugar diet damages enamel, and so does acid reflux and gastrointestinal distress.
- Genetics, of course, are out of your control, but your DNA could be a reason why you’re susceptible to enamel erosion.
- The choices you make for yourself impact enamel erosion as well. Frequent vomiting from bulimia or even alcohol addiction eats away at the teeth.
Treating and Preventing Enamel Erosion
People who are diligent about seeing their Fort Lauderdale holistic dentist every six months for preventive care should be successful in protecting their teeth from enamel erosion. Your dentist will notice when something isn’t right with your teeth and gums.
Teeth grinding, for example, not only contributes to enamel erosion, it can also cause gum recession, tooth sensitivity, and irregular tooth edges. A mouth guard is an excellent deterrent that prevents the pressure and friction of teeth rubbing against each other.
When enamel erosion seems to have no known source, biocompatibility testing is a smart way to identify things that could be happening within your body and contributing to your oral health problems. These simple blood tests can detect allergies, vitamin deficiencies, and immune system problems.
Ultimately, you cannot diagnose your own oral health problems. You may suspect something is wrong with your teeth and gums, but your holistic dentist will know best, and have the right solutions to help you. Make your appointment with Dr. Yolanda Cintron at the International Center for Dental Excellence in Fort Lauderdale to discuss any oral health problems you are experiencing.