At Lazer & Associates Family Dentistry in Fallston, MD, Dr. Mellissa Elliot, DDS is an experienced dentist who is dedicated to helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Dr. Elliot works closely with each patient to address their dental concerns and determine which treatment is right for them. One of the most common dental concerns is tooth enamel erosion, which can not be reversed once it occurs. However, with proper care and preventive measures, tooth enamel erosion can be prevented. If you have already experienced tooth enamel erosion, Dr. Elliot offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to improve the aesthetic and function of your smile.
Everything you need to know about Tooth Enamel
What is tooth enamel?
Tooth enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth. The tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the body. Once the tooth enamel is damaged, it can not be restored naturally. It is necessary to take care of your tooth enamel to prevent the need for complex dental treatments.
What causes tooth enamel erosion?
Certain factors can cause your tooth enamel to erode over time. Tooth enamel erosion can be caused by:
- Certain kinds of acids found in foods and drinks
- Certain medications
- Dry Mouth
- Acid reflux
What are the signs of tooth enamel erosion?
It is important to know the signs of tooth enamel erosion so you can schedule an appointment to visit Dr. Elliot. She will work with you to determine the best course of action.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common results of tooth enamel erosion. Tooth sensitivity can make eating and drink uncomfortably. Your teeth may even hurt when being exposed to different temperatures.
- Tooth decay: As your enamel weakens, your teeth become more susceptible to cavities.
- Uneven teeth: When tooth enamel weakens over time, they can begin to chip and crack more easily.
- Tooth discoloration: As the enamel weakens, it can lead to yellow or shiny, spotted teeth.
Ways to prevent tooth enamel erosion?
Tooth enamel erosion can weaken your teeth over time, leaving your teeth more prone to develop complex dental problems. It is imperative that you take preventive measures to help prevent the development of tooth enamel erosion.
- Incorporate drinking water into your routine. Water helps keep your mouth moisturized, as well as remove food particles from sticking to your teeth.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Prevent care visits are a great way to improve your oral health. During preventive care visits, Dr. Elliot can properly examine your teeth and spot any signs of complex dental problems. She will be able to treat your dental issues accordingly after your preventive care visit.
- Try to eliminate acidic food and beverages from your diet. If you do consume acidic foods or drinks, make sure you clean your teeth afterward.
- Use an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can help strengthen the teeth. When choosing mouthwash, make sure you find one that is right for your needs.
- Restorative dentistry. Tooth enamel erosion can lead to the development of more complex dental problems, as well as affect the aesthetic of your smile. After a thorough evaluation of your enamel, Dr. Elliot can determine which service will help improve your smile.
Can you rebuild tooth enamel once it has been damaged?
Once the tooth enamel has been damaged, there is no way to reverse the effects of tooth enamel erosion. Dr. Elliot does offer service like tooth bonding, dental veneers, and dental crowns to help treat the damage tooth enamel.
Vist Lazer & Associates Family Dentistry
Dr. Elliot welcomes all patients to her Fallston, MD dental office. If you are looking for a caring, committed dentist, visit Lazer & Associates Family Dentistry. You can schedule an appointment online or call (410) 994-2627