As you’re enjoying your cold beverage at lunch, you’re struck with that familiar twinge. It happens from time to time, but you haven’t noticed any other significant changes with your teeth, so you’re not too worried about it. Did you know that you might be suffering from enamel erosion? The good news is that your team Lake Forest dentist has solutions for you, and dental sealants may be able to help.
What is Enamel Erosion?
Enamel is the translucent outer layer of your tooth that covers the softer inner layer called dentin. While enamel is thin, it’s also extremely strong. In fact, it’s the hardest tissue found in your body and it’s designed to protect your tooth from the wear and tear of daily chewing and biting. Even though enamel is strong, it’s still susceptible to fractures, wear, and breakdown.
The acids found in our foods and beverages can also wear down the enamel of our teeth, and this is known as enamel erosion. This condition can eventually lead to a cavity or hole in your tooth that will need to be repaired with a filling. Erosion detected in its early stages however, can often be treated with a dental sealant.
The Causes of Enamel Erosion
Certain foods and beverages we consume can accelerate enamel erosion. These are typically items that contain a higher acid content such as:
- Soft drinks
- Coffee or tea
- Tomatoes or marinara sauces
- Fruit juices
There are also environmental causes of enamel erosion including bruxism, which is clenching and grinding of your teeth – typically at night. Abrasion, which can include biting hard objects, brushing teeth too vigorously, or chewing tobacco can also cause undo wear to your tooth enamel.
Dental Sealants Protect Your Teeth
If your enamel erosion hasn’t reached the point of causing a cavity, a dental sealant may be the ideal solution for you. This is a quick and easy procedure that can be completed during one visit to your dentist in Lake Forest.
We paint a thin coating of protective barrier over the clean surface of your tooth that fills in the grooves, natural pits, and spots of erosion to protect your tooth from the acids that cause cavities. Sealants can potentially last for up to 10 years, and they greatly reduce the occurrence of tooth decay and cavities.
Schedule Your Sealants Today
Would you like to learn more about how dental sealants can protect your teeth? Contact Campbell & Schmidt Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to schedule your next appointment.