Glendale Dentist Explains Different Ways That Dental Enamel Becomes Eroded

Written by Dr. McKay on Aug 2, 2016

Because your dental enamel is designed to protect your smile from bacteria and damage, it is in your best interest to keep your enamel as strong as possible over the long-term. Our Glendale dentists are here with some tips and tricks on how to minimize enamel erosion and deterioration. Keep reading to learn more!

The first tip we have for you is super simple! As you move through your day, be mindful about what you are chomping on. Specifically, do not chew on ice, hard candies, and mints. All of these things can cause your enamel to weaken and fill with micro-cracks. These cracks leave your smile susceptible to more extensive cracks as well as increased instances of cavities.

Another thing to consider is that acidic substances de-mineralize enamel and cause it to weaken. Many popular foods and drinks are pretty high in acid content: tea, coffee, wine, salad dressing, citrus fruits, juices, and more. The key to protecting your smile from acidic foods and drinks is to rinse your mouth with water after exposing your enamel to acid; do not brush your teeth for at least twenty minutes after exposure, as your enamel is likely softened and thus delicate.

Many dental patients who experience enamel erosion suffer bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. When your top and bottom teeth are continually grinding against each other, your enamel suffers. If you think that you may be suffering from bruxism, you should talk to your dentist about potential treatment options. There are things that we can do to help take the pressure off of your enamel, and help keep it strong.

Our Glendale dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need. Call our team when you are ready to learn more and to schedule your personal consultation!