What to Do if You Start to Lose Tooth Enamel

Your enamel is your teeth's defense against bacteria and decay. It is a strong barrier that faces invaders every day. If not taken care of, your enamel can become damaged and lost.

Once lost, the enamel cannot be replaced. You can, however, take steps to strengthen and repair the enamel you do have.

What Causes Enamel Loss?

Tooth enamel can be lost in a variety of ways. Acidic foods and drinks such as citrus, coffee, tea and soda, can erode it. Bacteria, that feeds off of leftover food particles, can cause decay. Bruxism, or the grinding and/or clenching of your teeth, can wear down your enamel.

Visit Your Dentist

When you first start to notice enamel loss, it is important to call your dentist. Don't wait until your next scheduled appointment. Your dentist can find the source of the loss and help you get treated for any issues that it may have caused.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is crucial to enamel strength. It is found in some foods and is also placed in many water supply sources. It helps to keep your teeth strong and protects against decay. Children receive fluoride treatments to ensure that their permanent teeth are not only protected from decay but develop properly. You can use fluoridated toothpastes and mouthwashes, but one of the best ways to get fluoride into your teeth is to get treatments at your dentist's office.

What you eat can help strengthen your teeth. Dairy - milk, yogurt and cheese - contains calcium, which is one important element that can do this. Phosphorous, another necessary element, can be found in meat, fatty fish and tofu.

For your other necessary vitamins and minerals, be sure to eat plenty of dark, leafy greens. Make sure to avoid foods that can contribute to enamel loss, such as acidic and sugary food and drinks.

Oral Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is crucial to preventing further enamel loss. You should be brushing at least twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash. You should also regularly visit your dentist twice a year.

Losing tooth enamel is dangerous; you can't grow it back. But you can prevent future loss and strengthen the enamel you have left. Eat a healthy diet rich in calcium, vitamins and minerals and contact our office to protect your teeth from harm.

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