When patients visit our office for a routine hygiene examination, they are always concerned about the state of their teeth and if there are any signs of decay. When you have decay on your teeth, it indicates that your tooth enamel has been compromised in some way. Your tooth enamel is the outer covering surrounding the tooth. It is actually the strongest substance in the body, but it is not indestructible, especially if it is not being cared for properly. In fact, it is quite easy to damage your tooth enamel. Read on to learn more about what can damage your tooth enamel.
What Causes Damage to Your Tooth Enamel?
Your teeth are composed of various layers, and the outer covering is the tooth enamel. Although it is the hardest substance in your body, it is not indestructible. After your adult teeth emerge, they are supposed to last the rest of your entire life, so we want to give you all the tools possible to help you be successful in having excellent oral health.
Your tooth enamel is subjected to constant wear and tear. Unfortunately, not only do people use their teeth for eating, but it is not uncommon for many people to use their teeth for something other than their intended purpose. Using your teeth as a tool in place of something such as scissors can lead to premature wear and future problems such as the enamel cracking and breaking. Other things that can damage your tooth enamel include:
- Not cleaning your teeth properly
- Eating frequently throughout the day
- Drinking sugary drinks
- Highly acidic foods
- Grinding and clenching teeth
If you are located in Brunswick, GA or the surrounding area and think your tooth enamel may be damaged, be sure to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We want to evaluate the state of your teeth as soon as possible to make any repairs in a timely fashion to help prevent any further damage to your teeth.