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What Causes Enamel Erosion?

Teeth Need Enamel for Protection

Do your teeth feel sensitive when you eat ice cream or drink coffee? Do you find yourself needing more fillings than usual? You may be suffering from enamel erosion. Your smile depends on your tooth enamel to protect the sensitive pulp from extreme temperatures, bacteria, and decay. With this layer diminished, your teeth are more vulnerable to toothache and cavities. Trucksville dentist, Dr. James DeFinnis would like to help you discover what habits or dental conditions might be deteriorating your tooth enamel and your oral health.

Teeth Grinding Weakens Smile Defenses

One of the most common culprits of excessive tooth wear is bruxism. Known as teeth grinding, bruxism is a condition that involves the sufferer unknowingly clenching and gnashing his or her teeth together. Although bruxism more frequently happens during sleep, teeth grinding can also occur during the waking hours when the person is not paying attention. Bruxism is especially dangerous for tooth enamel because grinding involves scraping tooth against tooth, meaning the enamel is up against something equally as hard. The damage compounds since both upper and lower teeth are experiencing extreme pressure.

Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes Wear Away Enamel

While some people believe the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth become, unfortunately, harsh brushing means weaker tooth enamel. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush because harder bristles can actually scrub away the protective outer layer of your tooth. Additionally, beware of brushing too soon after you eat. Fermentable carbohydrates like white bread, pastries, and bagels can temporarily stick to your teeth and cause your tooth enamel to become soft. In this vulnerable state, vigorous brushing could actually do more harm than good. Instead of brushing immediately after eating, try drinking plenty of water to flush away food particles after meals; then, do not forget to brush before bed.

Trucksville Dentist Offers Quality Dental Care

These are just a few causes of enamel erosion. Your diet, lifestyle, oral hygiene, and other factors may contribute to weakened enamel. For more information or to schedule a dental cleaning, contact our Trucksville dentist office at (570) 763-4360. Our Trucksville dentist looks forward to helping you and your family experience improved oral health.

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May 3, 2012 - Posted by | Bruxism, Tooth Sensitivity | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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