Enamel is the hard outer layer of tissue that covers and protects the teeth. Certain habits and health issues (more on that shortly), like drinking a lot of soda and eating sugary foods, can damage tooth enamel.
Erosion of enamel at the gum line is typically a result of tooth decay, but it can be caused by other conditions. Erosion caused by tooth decay is partly preventable with healthy oral hygiene habits.
Enamel protects our teeth as we bite, chew, grind, and speak. It also protects against sensitivity to temperature changes and damaging chemicals.
Intrinsic erosion is caused by something within the body, like digestive problems or psychological issues. Preventing intrinsic erosion can pose a challenge, as it requires treating the cause. Causes of intrinsic erosion include:
Extrinsic erosion is tooth erosion that’s caused by something outside the body, like:
Tooth decay has a broad range of symptoms. The most common ones are:
If you notice any signs of tooth decay in your child, schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. Kool Smiles Kids Club has partner dentists across the U.S. who offer quality dental care to suit any budget.
When it comes to tooth decay, the best offense is a good defense. Easy prevention methods include:
All children should see a dentist twice a year for a routine checkup. If an oral health issue arises, it’s best to catch it early.