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Things That Wear Down the Enamel

Things That Wear Down the EnamelEnamel is the outermost part of the crowns of our teeth. While this substance is the strongest material in the body, it is nevertheless susceptible to slow and gradual erosion if not cared for properly. If enamel breaks down, it is the duty of dentists trained in endodontics to save the worn down teeth, preventing it from being lost. Hear is a look at some of the leading reasons enamel might be worn down.

Grinding / Bruxism

This unconscious process happens while we sleep and many people never know they even do it. A lifetime of doing so can slowly rub teeth down to not much more than nubs. Because it is happening outside of any conscious thought, the reason people do it is not entirely clear. However, it is believed that it could be caused by stress or anxiety, the alignment of teeth, use of certain antidepressants, or sleep apnea. Address those issues and the grinding is likely to stop.

Chipped, Fractured or Broken Teeth

Caused by a blow to the face or biting down on something hard. Not treating these problems can lead to further complications, unnecessary decay and erosion.

Acids

The bacteria in our mouth take sugars of all types and break it down into an acid. That is what causes cavities most of the time. The sugar can be simple sugars, high fructose corn syrup, fructose from fruit, or lactose from milk. But acid drinks and foods bypass the bacteria and work directly on your teeth, including acids in soda, citrus fruits, and fruit drinks. Additional enamel erosion comes from the acid in our own stomach, where acid reflux or frequent vomiting from bulima and excessive drinking causes severe damage.

 

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