You read about the enamel in your science textbook, but do you know that it might suffer serious damage if you are not careful?
A hard substance that forms part of the shell on each of your teeth – usually the part that can be seen when you open your mouth in front of the mirror is known as tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is regarded by dental health experts as the hardest part of your body.
With time and without proper oral hygiene, you may find yourself susceptible to dental stains and tooth demineralization.
Tooth enamel demineralization happens when your teeth are decaying and beginning to form cavities. You can identify the condition yourself if your teeth feel less smooth, and you notice some upper layer pigmentation. This pigmentation is not pleasant to look at and will remain regardless of how vigorously you brush your teeth.
For one, you will notice that teeth are much more sensitive to the temperature of the food and beverages you consume. The consumption of hot drinks like tea and coffee or cold drinks, especially those containing ice, will cause painful sensations as they come into contact with your teeth.
Your teeth may also be sensitive to brushing. If you are not practicing healthy dental hygiene on demineralized teeth, the entire teeth structure can be affected and any present bacteria will quickly spread leading to a deterioration in the quality of the rest of your teeth.
Acids and Their Role in Demineralization
The most common cause of demineralization of teeth is identified as the regular intake of acidic substances. There are several sources of acids which our teeth are exposed to, directly as well as indirectly.
The following are the most common:.
- Bacterial plaques
- Acidic beverages like juice and energy drinks.
- Fruits that contain citric acid (Sweet Limes, Oranges, Lemons)
- Stomach acids caused by eating disorders. Cells inside your stomach create hydrochloric acid to help improve the digestion process of food that is difficult to digest.
Prevention and Treatment:
Unlike other parts of our body, our teeth enamel will not regrow, so once it has been compromised we are likely to suffer ongoing dental issues. It is absolutely imperative that we do all we can to protect this hard layer protecting our teeth. Avoiding hard sweets and crunching ice cubes is advisable as both of these have been known to crack the enamel of even a healthy tooth!
The risk of cavities can be greatly reduced if you visit the Dentist in Vista at least twice a year for a regular check-up, avoid high sugar foods and abide by a strict dental hygiene regime.
There has been an upsurge in recent years in teeth whitening. This can be a fantastic way to feel good about yourself, but do your research carefully and don’t believe all the solutions you see on Pinterest. Anything that involves using an acidic fruit and an abrasive, such as baking soda, could actually be doing more harm than good.
Instead go for a product that is FDA approved and has proven results and hopefully those Pearly Whites will be shining brighter than ever.