You know enamel is important. It protects your teeth from cavities and gives your teeth that pearly white hue.
But enamel is not a tissue that can naturally regenerate. It is made up of minerals, and once it wears thin, you can encounter a whole host of dental problems.
You could be wearing away your valuable enamel right now if you have one or more of the following habits.
Sipping on Sweets
With frequent exposure, sugary and acidic drinks can dissolve enamel. If you typically sip on such beverages between meals, then you’re actively eroding your teeth.
Caustic ingredients such as carbonation, sugar, acid, and preservatives can be found in favorite drinks like:
- Coffee and tea, iced or hot
- Sports drinks
- Energy drinks
Consuming these slowly over the course of an hour or so each day will wear down enamel.
Brushing Too Soon After Meals
You might think that brushing your teeth after eating is a good habit. But it can spread around dangerous acids on your teeth. It’s better to rinse out the remains of your meal with water and wait a half hour or so before you brush.
Traditional OTC antacids are usually chock full of sugar. So routinely chewing on the sweet chalky pills themselves could erode enamel.
Antacids can also interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium, which your teeth need.
Some medications cause dry mouth. When they do, the enamel becomes even more vulnerable to the effects of acid than before. Saliva helps negate food acids. So no saliva means there’s nothing to wash the chemicals away.
Antidepressants, blood pressure medication, painkillers, allergy meds, and antacids all make the list.
Grinding and Clenching Your Teeth
Are your teeth starting to look short and flat? They could be losing their shape due to a grinding habit.
You may or may not be aware of teeth-clenching because it usually happens at night while you’re asleep. Also called bruxism, this habit causes rapid mechanical enamel wear. This can lead to tooth fracture, sensitivity, and decay.
Ready to take action to save your enamel?
Contact Shoreline Dental Care today at one of our two convenient locations, Milford and West Haven, CT.