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Tooth Erosion: What it is and How to Avoid it

Tooth Erosion: What it is and How to Avoid it

Tooth erosion or loss of tooth enamel is a common issue for many people — kids and adults alike. This can start out as a minor and only slightly annoying issue, but it can quickly progress to a more serious issue when it comes to your dental health.

Keep reading to learn more about tooth enamel and how to protect your teeth from erosion.

Strong, healthy tooth enamel is key

Tooth enamel is a very hard material surrounding the tooth and it is the mineral that protects your teeth from substances that can harm them. Though, for playing such an important role, it is just a few millimeters thick.

Unfortunately, once tooth enamel is damaged or lost, it cannot regrow. Therefore, it is essential to keep your tooth enamel healthy and strong. When enamel is damaged, it can result in teeth that are sensitive or discolored, transparent in spots and even put you are risk of tooth fractures.

The best defense against tooth erosion is preventing it in the first place. What are the biggest culprits for erosion? Acid, first and foremost. Food and beverages that are highly acidic, such as sugary foods, fruit juices, soda, citrus fruits and foods high in starch, can quickly erode tooth enamel.

Further, conditions like acid reflux or issues with the GI tract, can also contribute to enamel loss. Those who experience chronic dry mouth or low flow of saliva, as well as those who grind their teeth, can also be particularly susceptible tooth erosion. Additionally, certain medications can contribute to loss of tooth enamel. However, simply brushing your teeth too hard can also be a factor.

It’s important to see your dentist if you are experiencing any of the aforementioned issues or if you are displaying signs of enamel loss so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated to help prevent further damage to your tooth enamel. Though enamel cannot be replaced, your dentist can help treat it and strengthen teeth through bonding or crowns. Dr. Milan is an expert in treating tooth erosion and welcomes a visit to learn how your teeth can be their strongest.

Acclaimed southeast Michigan cosmetic dentist

As a highly-regarded dentist in Michigan with a focus on cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Mitchell Milan has treated thousands of people just like you who may be experiencing enamel loss or some other dental issue.

As a leading cosmetic dentist in metro Detroit and the state, Dr. Milan’s office is well-equipped to handle your dental concerns. He has proudly rejuvenated and restored the smiles of people who were at a loss and all but gave up on having a beautiful, healthy smile. In fact, there’s hardly a dental issue that he can’t treat.

From elite dental procedures like Invisalign Invisible Braces to the PST Gum Treatment to veneers, Lumineers and dental implants, Dr. Milan’s work is recognized far and wide for its excellence. If you are ready to achieve a smile you can be proud of, contact our office today for your consultation. We can’t wait for you to want to show off your smile!