Dr. J. Stephen Hoard is a New Bern, NC dentist who is dedicated to your overall health and your oral health. Did you know that tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body and it cannot be restored naturally once it is eroded? Our team can help you prevent tooth enamel erosion and we offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry options to improve the condition of your smile if you are dealing with the effects of tooth enamel erosion. Read on to find out the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about enamel and how to protect it.
What causes tooth enamel erosion?
Certain factors can cause your tooth enamel to erode over time. Tooth enamel erosion can be caused by:
- Certain kinds of acids found in foods and drinks
- Certain medications
- Dry Mouth
- Acid reflux
What are the signs of tooth enamel erosion?
It is important to know the signs of tooth enamel erosion so you can schedule an appointment to visit Dr. Hoard. He will work with you to determine the best course of action.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common results of tooth enamel erosion. Tooth sensitivity can make eating and drinking uncomfortable. Your teeth may even hurt when being exposed to different temperatures.
- Tooth decay: As your enamel weakens, your teeth become more susceptible to cavities.
- Uneven teeth: When tooth enamel weakens over time, they can begin to chip and crack more easily.
- Tooth discoloration: As the enamel weakens, it can lead to yellow or shiny, spotted teeth.
Can you prevent tooth enamel erosion?
Tooth enamel erosion can weaken your teeth over time, leaving your teeth more prone to develop complex dental problems. It is imperative that you take preventive measures to help prevent the development of tooth enamel erosion.
- Incorporate drinking water into your routine. Water helps keep your mouth moisturized, as well as remove food particles from sticking to your teeth.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Preventative care visits are a great way to improve your oral health. During preventive care visits, Dr. Hoard can properly examine your teeth and spot any signs of complex dental problems.
- Try to eliminate acidic food and beverages from your diet. If you do consume acidic foods or drinks, make sure you clean your teeth afterward.
- Use an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can help strengthen the teeth. When choosing mouthwash, make sure you find one that is right for your needs.
- Restorative dentistry. Tooth enamel erosion can lead to the development of more complex dental problems, as well as affect the aesthetic of your smile. After a thorough evaluation of your enamel, Dr. Hoard can determine which service will help improve your smile.
Can you rebuild tooth enamel once it has been damaged?
Once the tooth enamel has been damaged, there is no way to reverse the effects of tooth enamel erosion. Dr. Hoard does offer services like tooth bonding, dental veneers, and dental crowns to help treat the damaged tooth enamel.
Restorative Dentistry in New Bern, NC
Schedule your appointment with our restorative dental team in New Bern NC online or call us at (252) 507-0373 today.