When it comes to enamel and general tooth care, many people do not know much about this important part of their dental care routine and most do not know what the enamel of the teeth is or what it does. If you are looking for good local dentists in Naperville who can help you with every aspect of your dental care, we invite you to contact our team here at Comfort Care Family Dental. We can help you with your general tooth care, starting with the enamel. Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth and forms a shell that protects the tooth from damage.
What does tooth enamel do?
Enamel helps protect your teeth against the daily wear and tear that chewing, eating, drinking, and talking has on your teeth. It is also the first line of defense against cavities and tooth decay. However, even strong enamel can be worn down and corroded to the point where it can no longer protect the teeth. Because enamel has no living cells, the body cannot repair chipped or cracked enamel and once it is gone, it is gone and the tooth is exposed and at greater risk for damage. Taking care of your tooth enamel and general tooth care go hand in hand because when the enamel fails the rest of the tooth is more prone to problems.
What causes enamel erosion?
Tooth erosion happens when acids and other chemicals in the foods we eat corrode the enamel and it is can also happen when daily wear and tear gets bad after a few decades of impact:
- Drinking a high number of soft drinks
- Fruit drinks that have high acid or sugar content
- Dry mouth or low production of saliva that weakens the enamel
- A diet that is high in carbs and sugar
- Acid reflux disease causes stomach acids to come into the mouth
- Gastrointestinal problems that affect body ph levels
- Medications that can weaken bones and the teeth and gums
- Genetics as certain inherited conditions can affect teeth
- Environmental factors like wear and tear and corrosion by food/drinks
What are the signs of enamel erosion?
Enamel and general tooth care are part of good normal dental health care and here at Comfort Care Family Dental, our team is experienced with all phases of dental care and treatment. The signs of enamel erosion can vary, depending on the stage. Some signs that might indicate you have enamel loss may include:
- Cracks and chips
- Pain and tenderness
- Cupping on tooth surface
- Loss of tooth material
- Tooth decay and plaque
- Loss of entire tooth
Enamel and General Tooth Care
For the best enamel and general tooth care possible, come see our team of dental experts today. If you are looking for local dentists in Naperville or the surrounding area, we here at Comfort Care Family Dental would love the opportunity to help you with all your dental care needs. Call or stop by today to get started!
1001 E Chicago Ave #143, Naperville, IL 60540