The most common causes of tooth enamel loss

Article written byElite Dental Group

Tooth decay is a common condition that can mean invasive, costly dental treatments. However, enamel loss is preventable by following a few simple dental hygiene steps.

A person’s enamel is the outermost layer that shield’s the sensitive parts of a person’s teeth. A large portion of a person’s enamel is hydroxyapatite which is a form of calcium phosphate. Although enamel is hard, it is also prone to breakage.

Over time a person’s enamel can erode and cause sensitivity and dental decay. Dental decay also makes gums more susceptible to gum disease. Although age is one reason for weaker enamel many other habits can cause a person’s enamel to deteriorate.

Poor dental hygiene – There are over 700 types of bacteria that live in a person’s mouth that are harmless and are required to aid digestion. However, there are forms of bacteria that cause decay. Bad bacteria will form a soft film called plaque that will wear the enamel if left untreated. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce bacteria and plaque while strengthening enamel.

Using the wrong mouth wash – Disinfectant and antiseptic mouthwashes, used daily reduce bacteria levels but have been known to increase tartar. Instead, use a mouth wash twice a week to reduce plaque and avoid drinking anything for at least 30 mins after rinsing.

Drinking soda – Sodas are high in sugar and carbon which interact with the bacteria in the mouth to form an acid that attacks teeth. Over time this can cause severe enamel damage and cavities. Instead, opt to hydrate with water and only consume soda for special occasions or as a treat.

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