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Did you know that the strongest muscle in your body is actually your tongue? Have you also heard that your mouth also contains the strongest substance in your body? As you may already know, this incredibly hard substance is your enamel–the outer, protective layer of your teeth. But even though enamel is extremely hard, it can still be damaged or eaten away by plaque and tartar. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent enamel erosion.

Your enamel is usually worn down by acids—either intrinsically or extrinsically. You see, often your enamel will be worn down by gastric acids. Individuals typically suffer from this type of erosion if they have anorexia, acid reflux disease, or vomit frequently. Pregnant women often have to deal with this type of acid. Extrinsic acid is typically fueled by sugary foods and drinks.

There are a few signs of enamel erosion you can watch for. For instance, if your teeth look worn down or are discolored, you could be suffering from enamel erosion. The edges of your teeth may also seem transparent, or you may suddenly experience sensitive teeth.

Fortunately, your enamel can remineralize and build itself up, but there are things you may consider doing to help the process. For example, brushing with a fluoride based toothpaste twice a day and flossing should help. You should also remember to eat a healthy, well balanced diet and limit the amount of sweets you eat.

If you’re worried about enamel erosion, or just want to check the health of your teeth, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh, and our team will examine your teeth and gums and, if necessary, help you devise a plan to improve your oral health care. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS at 415.682.6377. We are eager to receive your call.