Tooth enamel is the hardest part of our body. The reason it is so hard is because it has to withstand the grinding process that we put it through each time we eat something. While the tooth enamel is hard, it is prone to eroding. It usually does not take us very long to realize that the enamel is starting to erode. The first indication is that the tooth is sensitive, either to temperature or touch. After that the symptoms increase until we are in pain. If the erosion is bad enough it can make eating and drinking very uncomfortable.

Just because you have not noticed any pain or sensitivity it does not mean that the enamel on your teeth is not slowly eroding. That is one of the reasons why it is so important that you go to the dentist at least two times a year. While the dentist is cleaning your teeth, they are going to be looking for signs that the enamel is starting to erode. The signs that they are looking for include a slight discoloration, the edges and corners of your teeth are starting to look rounded, and that your teeth have developed little dips which is called cupping.

Once the enamel has eroded, there is no way to get it back. The human body is not designed to keep restoring it. When the dentist notices the erosion, they will discuss the various options that are available. In some cases the solution is to change your habits and monitor the situation. If the erosion has progressed to the point that holes have started to appear or cupping is apparent, the dentist will fill in the areas. In severe cases, where the erosion has led to the tooth cracking or becoming deformed, the dentist will recommend placing a cap over the tooth. The cap will prevent further erosion and allow you to chew your food without any difficulty.

There are several things that you can do at home that will help prevent the tooth enamel from eroding. Most to the preventive measure are common sense dental hygiene. This means brushing after every single meal, flossing regularly, and also scheduling regular dental cleanings. In addition to practicing good dental hygiene you should consider the types of foods you are eating. One of the biggest causes of tooth erosion is acidic and sugary drinks, such as pops, energy drinks, heavily sugared coffees, and fruit juices. If you must drink any sugar laden drinks you should sip quickly and brush your teeth as soon as you have finished.

When the eroded enamel is caused by what you eat, drink, or how you care for your teeth, prevention is fairly easy; all you have to do is change your daily habits. However, there are several cases where the acid that is causing the erosion is actually coming from the stomach track. This is most commonly seen when a person is suffering from acid reflux. In this case, prevention is considerably harder. The best way to prevent enamel erosion that being caused by acid reflux is to avoid the foods that seem to aggravate the problem, brush your teeth with enamel strengthening toothpaste after each episode, and be diligent about taking anti-acids.

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