Your tooth enamel is your best defense against germs and decay. If it goes away, you could become vulnerable to major mouth problems.
Protect your tooth enamel every chance you get by guarding against wear and acid erosion.
To do this, you must first understand the basics about wear and tear, and acid erosion.
Almost all foods contain some type of sugar. Certain germs in our mouths can create tooth-destroying acid when they combine with the sugar we eat. Too much of this acid can dissolve the enamel and lead to tooth decay. This is why regular brushing – at least twice a day – is so important!
Finally, wear and tear.
There are a number of health conditions associated with tooth and enamel erosion.These include:
- Bulimia, an eating disorder that can involve repeated vomiting. The stomach acid in the vomit can destroy tooth enamel over time.
- Gastroesophageal reflux, or heartburn, during sleep.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, it’s important you seek treatment immediately. Do this for the health of your teeth – and your body!
Keep in mind that brushing and flossing are your best defenses against tooth enamel erosion. And, of course, limiting sugary snacks would help a bit too.