Win the Fight Against Tooth Enamel Wear

Are You Doing What You Can to Keep those Chompers Strong?

Our tooth enamel, (the outermost layer of the tooth), is an extremely durable and strong layer, serving a purpose to protect the layers of the tooth that exist beneath it.

protecting your enamel and fight against root canals

However, although the enamel is extremely strong and capable of withstanding the powerful forces of chewing on a daily basis, it is not completely indestructible by any means! Dietary and bacterial acids, as well as aggressive cleaning or biting habits, are known to take their toll on the enamel over time. And unfortunately, the weaker a tooth becomes, the more susceptible it grows to eventually requiring a root canal treatment from a professional (like our wonderful Scarborough endodontist)!

Here are several signs you can look out for that are indicative of worn enamel:

  1. Sensitive teeth

    Overly sensitive chompers can be a clear indication of weakening tooth enamel. Luckily, most tooth sensitivity can be managed with a desensitizing toothpaste. However, if you experience tooth pain that is spontaneous and not a result of extreme temperature or sweet, there’s probably an underlying problem at hand (or at tooth, rather) that requires professional attention immediately.

  2. Roughness, denting or jagged edges

    Teeth with worn enamel tend to appear and feel more rough, and may even show as dents or jagged edges.

  3. Yellowing/discolouration

    Teeth discolouration is another sign of enamel wear. This is because when the enamel thins, it becomes more translucent – exposing more of the underlying yellow-ish tooth layer referred to as the dentin. However, teeth discolouration or yellowing could also just be a sign of normal, natural staining that occurs as a result of certain foods and drinks we consume.

Keeping your enamel strong for life

Preventing enamel erosion is quite simple! Seeing how highly acidic foods and beverages are notorious for wearing the teeth (think citrus fruits and juices, vinegar-based dressings), simply limit your consumption of these substances. And when you do, it definitely helps to keep a piece of hard cheese or glass of milk nearby to drink or swish around in your mouth to reduce the levels of acidity. In addition to this, always use a soft bristled tooth brush on your teeth, and brush gently – don’t scrub!

And last, but CERTAINLY not least; ensure you haven’t been grinding your teeth at night. Or, if you’re aware you have been – please do something about it! A bruxism habit is known to do a ton of damage to healthy teeth. Thankfully, a mouth guard/night guard can protect your smile while you sleep.