We have patients come into North Dallas Denture Center every day that are in need of oral health care treatments. Usually, pain is what brings people into our office. There are many reasons that a patient may be experiencing pain in their mouth.

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One of the reasons that they may have a toothache can come from tooth enamel erosion. Over time, this can wear away at your teeth and cause sensitivity to hot or cold.

What is Tooth Enamel Erosion?

As you know, the tooth enamel covers your tooth to protect it. Everyday crunching and chewing can damage the tooth without the protective coating. When the enamel wears thin over time, it can expose nerve endings.

Since enamel isn’t a living organism, it is not able to repair itself when chipped or cracked. This requires dentist to step in and re-inforce your tooth structure.

What Causes Enamel Erosion?

There are many things that can eat away at the enamel on your teeth. It is best to avoid these things as much as possible.

  • Acid reflux disease- when stomach acid comes up into your mouth, it can set on your teeth and eat away at them.
  • Medications- certain medicines such as aspirin or antihistamines can cause this problem.
  • Genetics- sometimes, this problem is passed down from your parents or runs in your family.
  • Fruit drinks- the citric acid in some juices are more corrosive than battery acid.
  • Too many soft drinks- when you drink sodas on a regular basis, the phosphoric acid can attach to your teeth and cause erosion.
  • Dry mouth- if you have xerostomia or dry mouth, this can become an issue for you. The saliva in your mouth helps to protect your enamel.
  • The wrong diet- eating a diet that is high in sugar and starches can be a problem for your enamel. You should limit these ingredients as much as possible.
  • Environmental factors- stress, friction, wear and tear can cause the surface of the tooth to become too thin. These factors can include attrition, abrasion, abfraction, and corrosion.

Come in For Regular Cleanings

Early detection is always best when it comes to tooth erosion. Since you are not able to heal enamel like other parts of your body, you need to have your mouth looked at. It is important to keep up with your regular cleanings and let Dr. Roe of any issues that you may be experiencing.

Let Dr. Roe Know if You Are Experiencing

  • Sensitivity
  • Discoloration
  • Cracks and chips
  • Severe pain
  • Cupping

He will examine your mouth and determine the proper treatment plan necessary. It is important to catch this type of oral health problem ahead of time to cut down on decay, cavities, and staining.

Contact Us Today

If you are in need of an oral health care exam, contact us today. We will schedule you for an appointment that works best for you. North Dallas Denture Center is here to serve you.

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