Tooth enamel: it’s that hard outermost layer of your teeth, and it’s pretty amazing. It’s made of carbonated crystals, and it’s one of the toughest parts of your body. Furthermore, it’s regenerative. Your enamel has to be tough, because every day it is exposed to bacteria that attempt to wear it down. As amazing as it is, it needs your help. There are many things that you can do.
First, eat a healthy diet. Avoid sugar, starch, and acid when you can, and when you can’t, drink lots of water and chew sugarless gum after you eat. This can help rinse away food particles and harmful bacteria which break down your enamel.
Second, be aware that certain medications can injure your tooth enamel. Ask your doctor before he prescribes your medication about the side effects or research about it online. If it hurts your teeth, consider choosing an alternative medication.
If your teeth are yellowing, transparent, or rounded, your enamel may be eroding. Yellow teeth occur when enamel fades and the yellow dentin underneath shows. Rounded teeth or teeth with rough edges may be a sign of bruxism, which can cause tiny cracks in your enamel.
If you notice any of these issues, or if you’re interested in learning more about signs of weakened enamel in New York, New York, give Celenza, Frank DDS, PC a call at 212-327-2623 . Our dentist, Dr. Frank Celenza, and our team will be happy to help you.