Dr. McCool, of Lilburn, GA, is an experienced dentist who is dedicated to helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Dr. Harry W. McCool works closely with each patient to address their dental concerns and determine which treatment option is right for them. One of the most frequently observed dental concerns is tooth enamel erosion, which unfortunately can not be reversed naturally. However, with proper care and by taking preventive measures, tooth enamel erosion can be prevented. If you have already begun to experience tooth enamel erosion, Dr. McCool offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to improve the health and appearance of your smile.
What is tooth enamel?
Tooth enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth. Although it is one of the hardest substances in the body, it is not invulnerable. Once the tooth enamel is damaged, it can not be restored naturally. You must take proper care of your tooth enamel to prevent the need for complex and uncomfortable dental treatments.
What causes tooth enamel erosion?
Certain factors can increase the erosion of your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel erosion can be caused by:
- Acids found in foods and drinks
- Certain medications
- Genetic factors
- Dry mouth
- Acid reflux
What are the signs of tooth enamel erosion?
It is important to know the signs of tooth enamel erosion so you can schedule an appointment to visit Dr. McCool. He will work with you to determine the best course of action.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common results of tooth enamel erosion. Tooth sensitivity can make eating and drinking uncomfortable. Your teeth may even hurt when being exposed to different temperatures.
- Tooth decay: As your enamel weakens, your teeth become more vulnerable to cavities.
- Uneven teeth: When tooth enamel weakens over time, they will chip and crack more easily.
- Tooth discoloration: As the enamel weakens, it can lead to yellow or shiny, spotted teeth.
Ways to prevent tooth enamel erosion?
Tooth enamel erosion can weaken your teeth over time, leaving your teeth more prone to develop complex dental problems. It is vital that you take precautions to help prevent the progression of tooth enamel erosion.
- Incorporate drinking water into your routine. Water helps keep your mouth moisturized, as well as remove food particles from sticking to your teeth.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Preventative care visits are a great way to improve your oral health. During preventive care visits, Dr. McCool can properly examine your teeth and spot any signs of complex dental problems. He will be able to treat your dental issues accordingly after your preventive care visit.
- Try to eliminate acidic food and beverages from your diet. If you do consume acidic foods or drinks, make sure you clean your teeth afterward.
- Use an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride can help strengthen the teeth. When choosing mouthwash, make sure you find one that is right for your needs.
- Restorative dentistry. Tooth enamel erosion can lead to the development of more complex dental problems, as well as affect the aesthetic of your smile. After a thorough evaluation of your enamel, Dr. McCool can determine which service will help improve your smile.
Can you rebuild tooth enamel once it has been damaged?
Once the tooth enamel has been damaged, there is no way to reverse the effects of tooth enamel erosion. Dr. McCool does offer services like tooth bonding, dental veneers, and dental crowns to help treat the damaged tooth enamel.
Protect Your Enamel with Dr. McCool
Dr. McCool welcomes all patients to his Lilburn, GA dental office. If you are looking for a caring, committed dentist, see Dr. Harry W. McCool. You can contact us online or call (770) 450-4407 to schedule an appointment today.