Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the essential job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.
Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly extraordinary, but tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone. The team at Oceanside Dental Excellence encourages our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of oral health in Oceanside.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes it is better not to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.
Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion, which can affect oral health in Oceanside. The calcium and phosphate in saliva safeguard your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production, but constant snacking is not the answer for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.
Furthermore, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Oceanside residents who grind their teeth at night, it’s essential to get a mouth guard immediately. People who grind their teeth are at high risk for enamel erosion and the tooth decay that can follow. Athletes should also protect their teeth on the playing field with a mouth guard. For more information, speak with Drs. Stephen and Kimberly Dankworth at Oceanside Dental Excellence about custom mouth guards.
If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental issues, Oceanside Dental Excellence can help you protect your oral health in Oceanside. To schedule a thorough examination, contact Oceanside Dental Excellence in Oceanside at 760-439-3400! We also offer services such as sleep apnea treatment, dental implants, and Invisalign clear braces. We look forward to hearing from you.