Protecting Your Kids’ Dental Health at Every Age
As a parent, we know your top priority is ensuring your children's health and well-being. While you may already have a good handle on their physical health, it is important...
Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in our bodies, but despite being harder than bone, enamel can become weakened when exposed to things like sugary foods and drinks.
Keep your enamel strong, and help protect your teeth with these tips on how to rebuild weakened enamel.
Enamel erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on your teeth. Friction, wear and tear, and stress in any combination can cause erosion of the tooth surface. The top culprits that break down your enamel are:
While there’s no way to fully “restore” tooth enamel, there are ways you can treat the damaged area to take care of your teeth in other ways and prevent further damage.
Bonding can be used in milder cases of enamel erosion. In this cosmetic procedure, resin that is tinted to match your existing teeth is applied to the tooth with the erosion. Once the resin hardens, it is “bonded” to your tooth and then trimmed and polished to fit into your mouth correctly. The entire process takes an hour or less, and the bonding usually takes just one appointment to achieve desired results for stronger, healthier teeth.
A crown can be applied to a tooth in more serious cases of weakened enamel. This procedure involves capping the tooth with excessive damage with a crown that will protect the damaged areas, restoring function to a damaged tooth. Crowns protect your tooth against future decay and allow you to eat and drink again without experiencing sensitivity and pain.
There are a number of negative side effects from tooth erosion that can cause discomfort to patients, with the most common being sensitive and discolored teeth, increased decay, tooth fracturing and shiny spots on teeth. Most patients don’t realize how beneficial it is to have their enamel restored in one quick dental appointment.
Having your erosion corrected will give you the benefits of:
Your jaw operates best when your teeth are properly aligned. If your enamel has become severely worn, your upper and lower teeth will no longer fit together properly. Long-term misalignment can lead to more serious concerns, including jaw disorders. Having enamel erosion corrected with dental bonding helps to realign your teeth and reduces the risk of your body over-correcting your bite, causing you to develop TMJ.
Use these tips at home and as part of your daily routine to help prevent tooth erosion in the future and protect your teeth.
The best defense against tooth erosion is a good offense, and that means being proactive with your oral hygiene routine. Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months to keep your teeth healthy and catch issues while they’re still minor. Ask Dr. Baudean, or her staff at your next checkup about other ways you can protect your natural tooth enamel.