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Did you know that your enamel—which is the protective, outer layer of your teeth—is generally considered the hardest substance in your body? This is especially fortunate because your enamel is vital to your dental health. Unfortunately, while your enamel is hard, it can break down, leaving you more vulnerable to cavities.

Unfortunately, there are many reasons your enamel could break down—and often, there isn’t anything you can do to prevent this decay. You see, problems like acid reflex can lead to enamel erosion—as can dry mouth and vomiting. To make matters worse, certain medications could also lead to enamel erosion. This typically happens because of how acidic some medications are.

Acids from your diet can also cause enamel erosion. Please don’t misunderstand, even a healthy, nutritious diet will have acid in it. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your enamel. For instance, saliva can help neutralize acid. To promote saliva flow, you can chew gum or crisp fruits and vegetables. Similarly, if you have a highly acidic meal, you should consider swishing your mouth with water afterwards.

You may also consider using fluoride toothpaste every time you brush. This toothpaste will strengthen your enamel and help protect your teeth from decay and cavities. However, if you have tooth decay or cavities, our team could prescribe a toothpaste with more fluoride in it.

If you think your teeth could be suffering from enamel erosion, we recommend contacting our experienced dental team at 904-281-9988. Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen and our team will gladly address your oral health and give you personalized recommendations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.