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Foods that Erode Your Enamel

 

What is the Enamel?

Did you know that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body?

Enamel, the thin outer layer of the tooth, is one of the four tissues that make up the tooth. Composed mostly of the mineral hydroxyapatite, enamel is responsible for protecting your teeth from the wear and tear of everyday functions such as chewing, biting, and grinding.

Dangers of Enamel Erosion

If the enamel layer is reduced, or eroded, is can compromise your oral health. As the tooth’s protective layer, enamel health is important to ensure that the other parts of the tooth, specifically the dentin, are not exposed to the environment. The translucent mineral layer insulates the teeth from the heat, cold, and temperature changes. Enamel erosion can affect both comfort and aesthetics. Signs of erosion include:

Foods That May Be Eroding Your Enamel

There are two types of enamel erosion: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic erosion is linked to dietary factors, specifically the consumption of acidic foods. Certain foods alter the pH level in the mouth, making the saliva more acidic. Some common food culprits include:

Intrinsic erosion is related to gastric acid and regurgitation. Digestive problems such as acid reflux and eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia) can cause lasting damage to tooth enamel.

Protecting the Enamel

Unfortunately, the body cannot replace enamel once it has completely disappeared. However, there are ways to strengthen, repair, and protect the precious outer layer of your teeth.

If you are in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and have concerns about enamel loss and your dental health, contact Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen, DDS  for a comprehensive consultation.