Some people get up in the morning and look in the mirror, and they find some scum on the surface of their teeth. They don’t know what it is. Some people even think it is a manifestation of calcium deficiency, but it is not that simple!
Why does the surface of the teeth fall off?
The layer covering the surface of the tooth crown is tooth enamel, which is like an eggshell, protecting the soft tissue inside the tooth, but unlike eggshells, tooth enamel is very hard. If it can be well maintained, it can withstand decades of chewing wear.
However, as the hardest tissue in the body-tooth enamel, in fact, it also has a “brittle side.” The acid and bacteria in food can “eat” tooth enamel step by step, causing tooth enamel to be eroded, and then forming tooth decay. Moreover, tooth enamel cannot be regenerated, and once damaged, it cannot be repaired.
So, how do these bacteria “eat” tooth enamel?
When you finish eating, the bacteria in your mouth also start to feast. They will ingest sugar in sweets and starches, and then produce acid, which will corrode your tooth enamel.
In addition, the acids in carbonated drinks and fruit juices are also harmful, and these acids will continue to corrode teeth.
The experience brought by the destruction of tooth enamel
After the enamel falls off, cavities will form in the teeth, but this is not the only disadvantage. Your teeth will be sensitive to cold and heat. For example, eating ice cream or drinking hot coffee can cause pain, or at least discomfort.
The “hidden enemy” that accelerates the loss of enamel
If you like to have a glass of wine before going to bed every night, be careful that they will corrode your teeth or cause enamel staining. The acids and pigments in wine are not friendly to teeth.
If you need to drink, you can drink it at dinner, and people who want to drink can also choose this time. Because the amount of saliva secreted during dinner is more, it helps to reduce the acidity of the mouth.
- Digestive problems
Some general health problems can also affect tooth enamel. This picture shows the teeth of a person with binge eating disorder. Due to frequent vomiting, the reflux of stomach acid into the mouth causes the erosion of tooth enamel. In addition, gastroesophageal reflux syndrome can also cause damage to tooth enamel.
Saliva can not only offset the acid in the mouth, but also promote the restoration of tooth enamel, so it can protect the teeth.
If you have dry mouth or xerostomia due to the side effects of certain drugs, the acid will continue to corrode your teeth and cause greater harm.
Teeth bruxism is also the “hidden enemy” that causes enamel damage. People who have bruxism often clenched their teeth and abraded them abnormally, causing the enamel to be worn off or cracked.
Bruxism is most severe at night, when you cannot control yourself. Generally speaking, relaxing yourself and reducing stress can reduce symptoms.
If you find yourself having such a problem, you can consult a dentist to reduce the damage to tooth enamel by wearing a special protective cover.
- Use your teeth as a bottle opener
Although your teeth are sharp, like a pair of “scissors” you carry with you, never use your teeth to open the bottle or tear the packaging bag. Doing so will break your enamel. Biting pencils, nails, corn kernels or ice cubes and squeaking teeth can have the same effect.
Think about it, how much is a pair of scissors. In order to save the use of scissors to bite, if the tooth is cracked, it is necessary to extract the tooth, which costs more than 10,000 per minute.
Children’s enamel is often damaged
Many experts believe that the rate of enamel erosion (or demineralization) is rising, especially in children. Why? Because children now drink too much acidic or carbonated drinks.
Another reason is that many families choose bottled water, which reduces the chance of exposure to fluoride, because tap water contains fluoride-fluorine is a good preventive substance for dental caries. Of course, it does not refer to excessive fluorine (excessive fluoride). Will cause dental fluorosis).
Tips to prevent enamel loss
To prevent enamel loss, you can protect your teeth in a few simple steps.
Brush your teeth after eating or drinking
Use a moderately hard toothbrush to brush your teeth gently, because excessive force or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can damage the enamel.
Use fluoride toothpaste
Drink some milk or a piece of cheese after a meal to reduce the acid produced by the food
Chewing sugar-free, xylitol-containing chewing gum can promote saliva secretion and flush teeth to reduce damage.
Improve oral hygiene habits and use dental floss to clean the gap between teeth instead of toothpicks.
If you are doing teeth whitening (home whitening), you must do it after consulting your dentist. Frequent teeth whitening or improper operation can damage your teeth.
Although the enamel is very hard,But can’t stand your torment. Like taking care of your beautiful face, taking good care of your enamel!
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