What Damages Tooth Enamel
The outside enamel coating on your teeth is considered the hardest part of your body, as it can withstand the daily stresses of biting, chewing and brushing. The enamel is even resilient against minor injuries. However, enamel can become damaged by some bad everyday habits, including:
1. Biting on hard things
Popcorn kernels, hard candies or nonfood items, such as fingernails or pencils, are hard and can chip or fracture a tooth. The risk is highest in previously treated teeth. To reduce this risk, avoid biting or chewing on things that are hard, especially with a tooth that has a filling or root canal.
2. Sports and physical activities
Contact sports and similar activities can put your teeth at risk of damage, dislocation or avulsion. Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard each time you participate. If a tooth is dislocated or knocked out of its socket, contact us as soon as possible for emergency care.
3. Teeth grinding
Although teeth grind food, they are not designed to grind against other teeth. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, it is necessary that you wear a mouthguard. Grinding can create small cracks in the enamel, wear the enamel down and damage restorations.
Your diet could also be damaging your teeth. If you eat a lot of foods that are starchy or processed, or if you drink acidic beverages frequently, you may be more prone to enamel erosion and decay. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Northridge dentist.
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