What is Enamel Erosion
An essential part of the teeth is the enamel. It is the protective tissue that covers and protects the crown. It is the strongest part of the tooth’s tissues. When the enamel is weak, the tooth suffers because the underlying tissues are weaker than the enamel. Weakened enamel will quickly give rise to cavities and expose the nerves in the center of the teeth.
Enamel is made up of an element called: carbonated calcium hydroxyapatite. As a result, it has a pH of 5.5, which makes it acidic. The acidity is meant to be neutralized by a normal saliva production rate. When the saliva production rate reduces, the acidic impact will be greatly enhanced causing what is known as enamel erosion.
Treatment Options for Enamel Erosion
If you suspect exposed dentin or hot and cold sensitivity or have other teeth and gum issues, see you dentist for proper evaluation.
Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.
If you haven't delayed treatment, veneers and fillings may be an option to treat enamel erosion.
If you chew gum, try sugar-free gum that contains Xylitol. But first and foremost, see your dentist for the right diagnosis and treatment.
To learn more call Jacksonville Dentist, Dr. Holly Nadji at (904) 731-1919