It may come as a surprise to you, but the enamel on your teeth is the toughest substance in your body. It is tough, but it can still be compromised by things such as acids in our food and in our bodies. When you start to lose the enamel on your teeth, they can become worn down, discolored, and sensitive to heat, cold, the air, and pressure.
There are two kinds of erosion: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic erosion comes from the acid present in gastric reflux, and can be a result of morning sickness when pregnant. You should talk to your doctor about treating your reflux, and after vomiting, you should rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth thirty minutes later. Extrinsic erosion comes from the things you eat and drink. It is caused by the acids in citrus fruits, soft drinks, and sugar in your food. To combat that, you should eat your fruit in moderation and drink plenty of water. When it comes to soft drinks and sugary foods, you should limit your intake of them, or avoid them.
Your enamel can also be worn down if your teeth are not properly aligned if you suffer from bruxism, which is the grinding and clenching of your teeth. In these cases, you will need to work with your dentist to solve your alignment issues, or perhaps wear a nightguard to prevent your teeth from grinding against one another. Of course, one of the best ways to protect your tooth enamel is to brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and examinations.
If you are experiencing sensitive teeth, or if it is just time for your checkup, our dentist Dr. John Burkart will be happy to help. If you live in the Aurora, Colorado, area and would like to make an appointment at our Bunkart Dental, call 303-693-7330 today.