When your tooth enamel begins to wear down, it is called dental erosion. Dental erosion is an affliction that many people deal with throughout their lives.
Teeth are made of three layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp. The outer layer, enamel, protects the inner dentin and pulp from bacteria and external exposure. If the dentin or pulp becomes exposed, infection and tooth failure are highly likely. This can happen in a variety of ways, however, the most common reasons are dental erosion and cracked enamel through oral accidents.
When plaque buildup happens in your mouth, harmful bacteria can use sugars and other ingredients to create harmful acids. These eat away at and quickly erode our precious tooth enamel. To keep your smile healthy, it is important to brush for 2 minutes two times a day, floss once a day, and limit food products that are high in sugar and acids.
Physical damage to teeth usually occurs because of an oral accident. When your teeth are physically damaged, they can easily chip, crack, split, or break. If your tooth enamel breaks, your inner teeth are then exposed. Protect your teeth at all times, by wearing appropriate safety gear and tooth-guard equipment if necessary. Exercise caution with all activities that could potentially be harmful. Also, remember to be careful when eating hard or seeded foods, and never chew on ice.
If you would like to schedule an exam at Bryce E. Justesen, DDS, simply call our office in Mesa, Arizona, at 480.827.1234. Dr. Bryce E. Justesen and our entire team look forward to making your smile shine!