Reasons for tooth enamel loss

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Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attack. Here you have got an information about what tooth enamel is, what causes it to erode, how to prevent enamel loss, and how to treat it.

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Reasons for Enamel Loss:

Reasons for Enamel Loss

What is tooth enamel? :

What is tooth enamel ? Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth . This tough shell is the hardest tissue in the human body . It covers the crown which is the part of the tooth that's visible outside of the gums. Sometimes coffee, tea, cola, red wine, fruit juices, and cigarettes stain the enamel on your teeth.

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Causes enamel erosion

What causes enamel erosion?:

What causes enamel erosion ? Tooth erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids) Dry mouth or low salivary flow ( xerostomia ) Diet (high in sugar and starches) Acid reflux disease (GERD) Medications (aspirin, antihistamines) Genetics (inherited conditions) Environmental factors (friction, wear and tear, stress, and corrosion )

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Acid Erosion

What Are the Symptoms?:

What Are the Symptoms ? Pain when eating hot, cold, or sweet foods or drinks Rough or uneven edges on the teeth, which can crack or chip when they lose their enamel Smooth, shiny surfaces on the teeth, a sign of mineral loss Yellow teeth Cupping, or dents, that show up where you bite and chew

How Can You Protect Your Enamel?:

How Can You Protect Your Enamel ? Rinse your mouth with water right after you eat or drink something acidic.  Use a straw for sodas and fruit juices so they bypass the teeth. Finish a meal with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese to cancel out acids. Drink more water during the day if you have dry mouth. Use a soft toothbrush, and try not to brush too hard. Wait at least an hour to brush after you've had acidic foods or drinks. They soften the enamel and make it more prone to damage from your toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash

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Thank You Mangan Dental Group - Dr. Steve Mangan 2011 North Van Buren Street, Little Rock, AR 72207 (501) 666-1188 http://www.mangandental.com

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