Preventing Enamel Erosion | Dentist in St. Peter

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Are you noticing white spots on your teeth? Do you experience tooth sensitivity or have chips, cracks, or indentations? These could be signs of enamel erosion, a condition you shouldn’t ignore.

Tooth enamel, the protective coating of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body. Despite its strength, enamel can erode over time, leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses, and even tooth loss.

Causes of Tooth Enamel Erosion
Enamel erosion can result from various factors, many of which stem from everyday habits. Sugars and acids found in soft drinks, sugary fruit drinks, and alcohol can wear down enamel. Additionally, a diet high in sugary or starchy foods can contribute to enamel erosion, as bacteria in the mouth convert these foods into damaging acid. Other factors include acid reflux, recurrent vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, genetics, teeth grinding, and improper dental care practices.

Preventing Enamel Erosion
To protect your enamel, limit your intake of soft drinks, alcohol, sugars, and starches. Instead, opt for whole grains over white bread and incorporate more cheese and yogurt into your diet. These foods are rich in calcium and help neutralize harmful acids in the mouth. Drinking water and chewing sugar-free gum can also boost saliva production, which helps neutralize acids.

Maintaining a Healthy Smile
Regular dental visits are essential for identifying and addressing enamel erosion early on. If we detect erosion during your visit to Valley View Dental, we’ll discuss the potential causes and solutions to protect your teeth.

Schedule Your Next Visit
Don’t overlook enamel erosion. Contact our Dentist in St. Peter today to schedule your next dental appointment. We’re here to help you maintain a healthy smile for life.

Valley View Dental
Phone: (507) 934-3332
1302 Marshall St.
St. Peter, MN 56082

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Dentist in St. Peter, MN

1302 Marshall St.
St. Peter, MN 56082

Office Hours

Monday8:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday7:00am – 2:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 5:00pm
FridayClosed