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Tooth enamel is the strongest material in the human body. But even so, it is not indestructible. While tough, tooth enamel can be weakened and broken down because of acid in the mouth.

To make up your tooth, the enamel protects the softer, bonelike material below it (the dentin), and dentin protects the tooth pulp which houses a network of nerves connecting to the bone supporting the tooth.

As acid in the mouth sits on the teeth, it softens tooth enamel and allowing tiny holds to develop as the enamel thins. Once the decay sets into the dentin, the nerve network in the tooth pulp as bacteria and plaque flourish, creating cavities in your smile.

Enamel erosion can take over your smile if you are not careful. How can you tell if this is happening in your smile? Signs of enamel erosion include cracked or rounded teeth, translucence in the tooth enamel, discoloration in the tooth enamel, and even tooth sensitivity can alert you that something is amiss.

What kinds of foods in your diet may be causing enamel erosion? Acidic foods include cranberries, tomato sauce, ketchup, hot sauce and salsa, pickles and citrus fruits. It can help if you drink water with these foods to dilute the acidic effects on your teeth.

Beverages that can deposit acid onto your teeth include fruit juices, wine, and all carbonated beverages. To lessen their impact on your pearly whites, you can drink these kinds of beverages with meals instead of sipping them throughout the day.

You can neutralize acidic drinks by nibbling on cheese, nuts, oatmeal, brown rice, whole grains, mangos, bananas, apples, melons, eggs, vegetables, fish, and lean meats. Drinking these through a straw also serves to limit their contact with your teeth.

Another cause of enamel erosion arises from stomach acid that makes its way to your mouth. This can happen through vomiting, whether from illness, pregnancy nausea, or bulimia. Acid reflux is a medical condition that can also affect your teeth. A medical professional can help you with these conditions.

You don’t have to allow enamel erosion to take over your smile. Our Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC team in Clinton Township, Michigan is happy to evaluate your smile and help you with enamel erosion. Our dentist, Dr. Mark DeVuyst looks forward to providing you with the care your smile needs. Call 586-416-1625 to restore your smile!