Jan 01, 1970
Each one of our teeth is made up of different parts and sections. The thin layer which makes up the white portion of our teeth is known as the enamel. Our tooth enamel is a hard, strong, white substance that protects the roots of our teeth, and helps protect against further decay into the other areas of your mouth.
Tooth enamel can be damaged overtime by foods and liquids that we consume on a regular basis. Acids are known for breaking down and corroding your tooth enamel. Acids like the ones found in fruits and fruit juices, are also dangerous as they contain corrosive acid. The interesting thing about the acids found in fruits, and fruit juices, is that they are more corrosive than battery acid!
Foods with High Amounts of Acid
• Citrus Fruits
• Raisins and dried fruit
• Artificial fruit flavorings
• Soft drinks
Tooth Enamels Role
Your enamels role is essentially to protect your teeth. Tooth enamel is made of a calcium compound, and does not contain any actual living cells. This means that once damaged, your tooth enamel cannot be repaired on its own. This is when porcelain replacements, caps and other medical procedures come into play.
Signs of Erosion
Tooth erosion is when your enamel breaks down. It means that your teeth are becoming damaged and worn out. You can tell if your teeth are becoming eroded by looking for:
• Yellowing and discoloration of teeth
• Pain and or sensitivity that did not occur before because of residual damage
• More cavities. Weaker tooth enamel means that your teeth are weaker and more susceptible to damage.
• Tooth loss (in extreme cases). If your teeth eroid to a dangerous point without treatment, they may fall out on their own, or need to be removed.
Now that you're officially frightened, here are some ways to protect your teeth. It's a lot simpler than you think! These methods will help you keep your teeth, and your wallet.
• Limiting your soft drink intake
• Consuming foods and drinks that are high in calcium, or are known bases, will allow some of the acids on your teeth to be neutralized. Enjoy a slice of cheese, or a glass of milk after a meal that contained high amounts of acid.
• Talk to our professional staff at Apple Day Dental. Having a frank discussion with someone who understands teeth, and who is accustomed to your unique situation, can provide insight on to what methods you can use to protect your smile.
At Apple Day Dental in Richmond Hill, we specialize in quality client care. We offer a full range of preventative and cosmetic dentistry. If you have any concerns about your tooth enamel, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our dentists will be happy to advise you on the most effective treatment options for your situation.