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Protect Your Enamel At All Costs

February 26, 2024

Enamel is crucial to the protection of everything that lies under it. It’s robust enough to hold up over decades of chewing and biting. Despite its strength, enamel is vulnerable to erosion, cavities, chips and cracks, and it won’t grow back. Regular checkups from a dentist are crucial in maintaining the integrity of each of your tooth’s enamel.

At Effingham Dental Associates, your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities. We believe in open communication, actively involving you in your treatment decisions and ensuring that you understand every aspect of your oral health. Our friendly and approachable team is here to address your concerns and make your visits enjoyable.

Bacteria is enamel’s worst foe. They thrive on sugar and starches—both of which are popular in many Americans’ diets—and produce damaging plaque. Plaque bacteria emit acid that eat away at crystalline calcium phosphate, a mineral compound on the enamel that surrounds and protects the inner parts of your teeth. This demineralization forges tiny openings in enamel and spawns cavities. 

When considering enamel dental damage, you may not think of a psychological condition or digestive problems. The eating disorder bulimia involves frequent vomiting, which exposes enamel to harsh stomach acids. Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. Acid reflux sometimes progresses to GERD, a more severe form of reflux. The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn two or more times a week. 

Think before you drink. Americans are enamored with soda, energy drinks, juices, wine and coffee. They have acids that make enamel erode. It’s best to emphasize water in your daily consumption of liquids. 

Bruxism is the fancy name for tooth-grinding. This constant clenching and friction that wear down or fracture enamel is usually caused by mental and/or emotional stress and often worse while you sleep. You can find special guards in drug and chair stores, or your dentist can make you a custom model. 

Effingham Dental Associates emphasizes preventive dentistry to help you maintain optimal oral health and avoid potential issues. Regular check-ups, cleanings and patient education are key components of our preventive approach. We aim to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime. Please call us today for an appointment. 

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