Did you know that your enamel—which is the protective, outer layer of your teeth—is generally considered the hardest substance in your body? This is especially fortunate because your enamel is vital to your dental health. Unfortunately, while your enamel is hard, it can break down, leaving you more vulnerable to cavities.
It is possible for your tooth enamel to break down for a number of reasons—and sometimes there won’t be anything you can do to avoid it. For instance, illnesses like acid reflux disease, dry mouth, and vomiting can all lead to enamel erosion. Similarly, some medications can wear down enamel because they are highly acidic.
You can also expose your teeth to acid simply by eating. In fact, regardless of how healthy your diet is, you’ll have to deal with acid. Still, there are a few foods you can include in your diet to fight against acid. Saliva will help against acid—mostly because saliva will neutralize acid. We recommend including foods such as crisp fruits and vegetables in your diet. You see, the chewing motion will promote saliva flow, meaning you’ll be able to fight bacteria more effectively. Similarly, if you have a highly acidic meal, you should consider swishing your mouth with water afterwards.
You may also consider using fluoride toothpaste every time you brush. This toothpaste will strengthen your enamel and help protect your teeth from decay and cavities. However, if you have tooth decay or cavities, our team may prescribe a toothpaste with more fluoride in it.
If you think your teeth could be suffering from enamel erosion, we recommend contacting Riverdale Dental Arts at 718-578-4458. Dr. Sheldon Kupferman and our team will gladly address your oral health and give you personalized recommendations. We look forward to hearing from you soon!