The thin outer covering of the tooth is known as the enamel. This tough shell is the human body’s hardest tissue and helps preserve your teeth from the day’s use such as biting, chewing, grinding, and crunching. It also guards the teeth against possibly painful chemicals and temperatures. Despite it being the teeth’s hard protector, the enamel can still crack and chip. And unlike a broken bone that can heal over time, a damaged tooth is damaged forever. This is because the enamel does not have any living cells, hence the body cannot restore a crack or chipping.
Causes the enamel to lose its protective qualities
So, what causes the enamel to lose its protective qualities?
- Excessive consumption of soft drinks (high levels of citric and phosphoric acids)
- Fruit juices and drinks (some acids in these drinks are more damaging than battery acid)
- A poor, unbalanced diet (usually high in starches and sugar)
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Medications (antihistamines, aspirin)
- Xerostomia, i.e. low salivary or dry mouth
- Inherited conditions (genetics)
- Environmental factors, such as wear and tear, corrosion, stress, and friction
- Bulimia. This eating disorder can result in frequent vomiting, which is a source of acid, that can eventually erode away the enamel
- Plaque, when the bacteria change the leftover food starches into acids that in turn eat away into the enamel’s healthy minerals.
Signs Of Enamel Erosion:
- Sensitivity: Certain temperatures and food may cause a pang of pain
- Discoloration: With enamel erosion, more dentin is exposed which may make the teeth look discolored
- Chips and Cracks: as the layer wears down, the teeth may become more jagged and rough
- Cupping: Dents start showing on the teeth’s surface
Preventing Enamel Loss:
Apart from following a thorough oral hygiene routine that involves regular brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinse, visit your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups.
- Eliminating sugary and acidic drinks. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after each consumption
- Using a straw when drinking acidic drinks as it avoids your teeth and pushes the drink at the mouth’s back
- Monitoring snacks
- Drinking plenty of water
- Using a fluoride toothpaste Keep your tooth enamel safe to preserve optimal dental health or else you could have to visit your dentist more often than you want to.
You will really not be making an impression on the person you are communicating with unless your breath smells nice and safe. Taking care of your mouth and maintaining good oral health is everything a person needs. Many people are terrified of visiting the dentist, that may include the tools a dentist uses that scare the patients and not the dentists themselves.
Let’s find out the reasons why people don’t go to the dentist, most of which are silly:
Entering the dentist’s clinic, the first thing almost everybody hears is the sound of the high pitched shrilling drill. Patients usually fear the sound of the drill and that is what that keeps them from visiting the dentist.
A Bad Dental Experience as a Kid
Children have the tendency to remember things that may have scared them during their young days. So, if there’s any chance their last visit to the dentist as a child was bad and unpleasant, they might not be able to fight the fear and go back.
Having your teeth scraped during medical treatment is something everyone despises. Teeth scraping creates a sound that makes people have goosebumps and shocks through the entire body.
There are many people who are scared of the fact their poor conditioned teeth might cause the dental staff to make fun of them.
Having a Cruel Dentist
Yes, there are dentists who act all nice and present us with a nice yummy lollipop at the end of the appointment. However, there are ones who have the bearing of a butcher and they literally slaughter the teeth of their patients, having no regard for how much pain the patient might be in.
These are some silly reasons why people don’t go to the dentist. As you can see, these reasons are far too arbitrary to compromise your dental health.