Enamel is the outer layer of tissue that covers and protects your teeth. When kids and adolescents drink or eat sugary or acidic foods and liquids, that outer layer may erode.
Erosion of tooth enamel at the gum line is typically caused by tooth decay, but other gastric conditions may cause it, as well. While easily prevented, tooth erosion leaves your gums and teeth open to cavity-inducing bacteria and gum disease.
Our tooth enamel protects our teeth as we bite, chew, grind, speak, and sing. Tooth enamel regulates sensitivity temperatures in our mouths so hot or cold foods don’t hurt our teeth and gum line.
There are two types of enamel erosion:
Intrinsic erosion is caused by internal gastric acid and regurgitation due to medical or psychological issues. This type of erosion is more difficult to prevent and requires specialized treatment, depending on the cause. Causes include:
Extrinsic erosion at the gum line is caused by external sources that produce too much acid. Some causes include:
Depending on what stage of tooth decay your child is experiencing, signs of enamel erosion may vary. Common signs of decay include:
If you notice any of these signs in your child, consult your family dentist immediately and schedule an appointment. Many dental offices like Kool Smiles have flexible payment plans to meet your budget, and accommodating office hours including weekends.
When it comes to tooth decay, the best offense is a good defense. Easy prevention methods include:
Finally, children should visit their dentist twice a year for cleaning, checkups, x-rays, and general wellness.
Want to know more about protecting your child’s teeth? Since 2002, Kool Smiles dentistry has been providing quality, affordable dental care in areas all over the country in the fight against tooth decay.
Call us today and schedule an appointment for your child.
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