What Does the Most Damage to Your Tooth's Enamel?

Posted on 12/20/2018 by Karl Olson
What Does the Most Damage to Your Tooth's Enamel?There are many activities, foods, and drinks that can damage the enamel of your teeth. If you want to maintain healthy, white enamel for as long as possible, you'll need to know what they are so that you can avoid them. These are some of the most common.

Soda is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to enamel erosion. It is highly acidic, containing citric phosphoric acids. When consumed regularly, these beverages can cause erosion or thinning of the enamel.

Gastrointestinal Problems

If you suffer from acid reflux, you may not realize the toll this condition is taking on your teeth. Stomach acids move into the mouth and wreak havoc on your teeth, causing the enamel to wear away. If you suffer from acid reflux, you need treatment to prevent long-term dental problems.

Putting Non-Food Items in Your Mouth
Do you have a habit of chewing on pens at work or at school? Do you use your teeth as tools to open packages? If either of these scenarios sounds like you, you may be putting your enamel at risk. The teeth aren't intended for these purposes, and the excess strain could damage your enamel.

Teeth Grinding

Grinding the teeth either while you are asleep or awake puts considerable pressure onto the enamel. When you grind your teeth, the enamel will begin to wear down, putting them at risk for tooth decay. If you struggle with clenching and grinding, let us know so that we can find a suitable treatment option.


Most people want whiter teeth, but over-using whitening systems can actually damage the enamel. If you whiten too often with too many products, you may cause the enamel to thin. Eventually this will lead to sensitivity and discomfort.

Do you have questions about the health of your enamel? If so, give us a call today to set up your evaluation.

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