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Is Tooth Decay an Issue for You? Visit Our Coral Springs Dental Office.
You have probably seen commercials for toothpaste that refers to tooth enamel, but what is tooth enamel and how does it play a role in your oral health? When you visit our Coral Springs dental office for a cleaning, our dentist or hygienists looks for tooth decay. Tooth decay is the erosion of the enamel, which leads to pain while eating and drinking. Not only does enamel protect the nerves of the tooth, it is also the first thing a person sees when you smile. Therefore, it is very important to know what causes erosion which wears away the enamel of your teeth.
Tips For Whiter Teeth From Your Local Coral Springs Dentist.
There are many contributing factors that can cause tooth enamel to erode, but with that said, there are many things that you can do to help prevent it. Enamel plays a very important role for your teeth. Enamel insulates your teeth so that while eating and drinking, the nerves in your teeth won’t be affected by the temperature of heat or cold. If you have sensitivity while eating or drinking, there is a very good chance that you have enamel erosion. Also, particular beverages can affect your teeth enamel. You can determine this when you notice stains on your teeth. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a delicious spaghetti dinner with a glass of red wine, but this indulgent dinner is the perfect example of what can erode your teeth and cause stains. Beverages such as soda, red wine, juices, coffee, and tea can cause discoloration on the enamel. Smoking also discolors your teeth. The way that soda affects the enamel is due to the sugar content and acid. These two ingredients will break down the enamel. Doing your best to stay away from highly acidic foods and sugary products is one step to help and keep the enamel strong. Other factors that affect the enamel is if you have a dry mouth condition, acid reflux, gastrointestinal issues, inherited conditions, and also many types of medicines can cause enamel erosion. Believe it or not, your day to day health also can affect the enamel. If you are under stress, you may clench or grind your teeth. This also wears away enamel. Many people do not notice that the enamel on their teeth have begun to erode, but as time progresses, most people will notice that their teeth are becoming yellow even though they brush regularly. What is happening when your teeth are turning yellow is that the enamel is wearing away and the natural dentin is showing through. Dentin is yellow, so when the enamel is diapering, the yellow shows through.
So, what should be the first step that you should take to prevent enamel erosion? Besides staying away from food and beverages that contain high amounts of acid or sugar, you can also brush your teeth more frequently. If you tend to snack while at work, bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you and brush after lunch. Chew sugar-free gum which will produce more saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps to strengthen teeth. If you frequently have a dry mouth, chewing gum and drinking plenty of water will help to increase the saliva flow in your mouth. Buy fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride, which is a natural mineral which has been proven to help reduce tooth decay and cavities. Fluoride is beneficial at protecting your teeth from the acids in foods and also to reverse early stages of acid damage because it can add minerals to the area of decay. When you visit our dental office in Coral Springs, feel free to ask about tips to keeping your mouth healthy and your teeth clean.
Barbag Dental Can Recreate Your Beautiful Smile!
Enamel erosion is not reversible, but here at Barbag Dental in Coral Springs, we can help to recreate your beautiful smile. When you come in for a consultation and exam, we can determine the best route for you to take in order to get a healthy smile. Tooth bonding is one option. Tooth bonding is a procedure in which tooth-colored composite resin is filled into the damaged area. A tooth crown is another way to proceed. A tooth crown will rebuild the tooth structure by placing a “cap” over the damaged tooth and this will prevent further damage. Now if you have many damaged or discolored teeth, we can also discuss laser dentistry. Laser dentistry is a precise and painless way to whiten the teeth. This procedure uses an instrument that gives off a narrow beam of light energy. Using this special instrument combined with tooth bleaching agents, the laser procedure will effectively reduce discoloration on your teeth giving you a glowing smile. The procedure typically only takes about one hour, and within that time, your teeth can get up to as much as ten times whiter! When you have a laser procedure done, it is important to keep up with a good oral health regimen. If you are careful, your teeth will stay clean for up to about two years, however, if you go back to eating acidy or sugary foods, or drinking dark colored beverages, the whitening will again discolor.
To learn more about preventing enamel damage, what you can do to get your teeth healthy and white, and to learn about options for whitening procedures, contact our Coral Springs dental office. We at Barbag dental will work with your insurance company to make sure you are getting the most from your benefits. We also offer our clients Care Credit®. Care credit is a personal financing option that offers a type of credit card with a credit line for treatments and procedures for you and your family. Barbag Dental only offers the highest quality of dentistry while charging reasonable fees. Talk to us about your dental insurance, payment plans, and financing. We are here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile!