Things That Can Erode Your Tooth Enamel

Dentist Blog

The enamel on your teeth is extremely strong. In fact, it is the strongest material in your body. However, you want to keep in mind that this doesn't mean that it is invisible. It is still in thin layers on your teeth and therein lies the weakness that allows things like cavities and breaks to happen. There are so many ways you can erode your teeth and the more you understand how it can happen, the better your chances will be of avoiding at least some erosion and keeping your teeth healthier longer.

Acid reflux

If you suffer from acid reflux problems, then you want to work closely with your doctor to find the right medications and diet plan to keep it under control. Acid reflux causes stomach acids to come up into your mouth. Those acids are very hard on your teeth and can cause them to erode. Along with damaging your teeth untreated reflux issues can also cause you other problems, such as damage to your esophagus.

Eating disorders

If you suffer from anemia, then you aren't giving your body enough nutrients to stay healthy and this will work its way down the line to your teeth. You will become malnourished and many of your systems will be affected. You can eventually lose your teeth. If you suffer from bulimia, then the regular bouts of throwing up will cause strong stomach acids to come into contact with your teeth and the acids will eat away at your teeth. This can also cause you to eventually lose them.

Hard tooth brushing

If you use a tooth brush with hard bristles and you scrub your teeth too hard then you can scrape a lot of the enamel off of the surface of your teeth. So, you may be under the misconception that a real good scrubbing will do good by removing plaque, it can actually work against you by removing layers of your teeth leaving you more susceptible to an array of dental issues. Also, if you are going to use an electric tooth brush it can be a great thing, but you want to be sure it also has soft bristles and that you don't push down too hard on it.


Now that you have a better idea of some of the ways you can erode your teeth, you will know some of the things that you can do to help keep them in much better shape. Whether you just need cleaning or you're in need of dental crowns, talk with your local dentist.


24 June 2017