Losing the Glisten on Your Teeth? May Be Enamel Loss
It’s true; your glowing, shiny, translucent teeth may fade away over time. There are several reasons why this may occur, including:
- Acidic diet
- Natural wear and tear
- Tooth grinding
- Brushing too hard
Yes, enamel loss can be disconcerting. Not only is enamel loss unappealing, those who have this condition are left with exposed dentin in which is the inner tooth surface is uncovered and this may cause pain. This also does not allow light to reflect off of your teeth which takes the shine away.
Prevention is always the best way to beat enamel loss before it starts or gets worse. Your dentist will certainly have recommendations, such as:
- Use the toothbrush your dentist provides you with. Change every two months.
- Brush your teeth the way your dental hygienist shows you; don’t ignore repeat messages during follow up visits- you may catch something you missed previously
- If you grind your teeth, use a mouth guard when sleeping at night.
- Stay away from acidic drinks; if you must drink acidic drinks, use a straw.
If you already have enamel loss and are in pain, see your dentist about tooth desensitizers, dental bonding and dental veneers.
- Desensitizers work as a numbing agent on the affect tooth (teeth).
- Dental bonding involves the application of a tooth colored liquid on your affected tooth (teeth) to cover the exposed surface(s) and to provide aesthetic appeal with a natural tooth colored appearance.
- Dental veneers can bring back the glisten to your teeth.
While there is no cure for enamel loss, there are ways to manage it. In fact, the remedies are usually cost effective and treatments are not discomforting. So, there is no reason to avoid your dentist if you have lost the glisten on your teeth.
If you are interested in general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.