|What Thin Enamel Means for Your Teeth
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Office
|Enamel is the hard outer layer of our teeth that protects against damage caused by outside forces like food, bacteria, and plaque. But enamel can get damaged and begin to erode, leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay.
What Causes Thin Enamel?
There are some genetic conditions that are responsible for poor enamel development. Enamel hypoplasia is a defect in enamel development that occurs in infants when their teeth are forming. Celiac disease can also hinder enamel development. Other conditions damage enamel through acid erosion, such as bulimia, acid reflux disease, or alcoholism.
Thin enamel can also be the result of certain habits, like consuming a lot of acidic foods or beverages, neglecting your oral hygiene, or brushing your teeth too aggressively with a hard bristled toothbrush.
Signs of Thin Enamel
With healthy enamel, your teeth should look opaque in color. If your teeth appear translucent, clear, yellow, or shiny, you might have thin enamel. Other signs of thin enamel include white spots on the teeth, small grooves or pits, or teeth that feel rough around the edges. You might also have cavities or heightened sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweet foods and drinks if you have begun to lose enamel.
Can Thin Enamel Be Treated?
Once enamel has been eroded or otherwise damaged, it cannot be rebuilt. However, there are options for strengthening your teeth and improving their appearance, including veneers and dental bonding. The most important thing you can do to prevent thinning of your enamel is to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and see us for regular dental checkups. You should brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. Reduce your consumption of acidic foods and beverages such as soda, coffee, and fruit juices. If you do consume acidic foods or drinks, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash afterwards and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth so you do not spread the acid across your teeth.
Try to incorporate more calcium into your diet, as calcium can help keep your enamel strong. If you are concerned that you might have thin enamel, please call our office to set up an appointment.