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Why Does Enamel Get Thinner As We Age?

Posted on 12/20/2018 by Office
Why Does Enamel Get Thinner As We Age?Our bodies go through many changes as we age. One that may not be as noticeable has to do with the teeth. With time, the enamel will get thinner, which can lead to some dental health issues. Fortunately, there are ways that you can slow down the process.

What is the Enamel?

Enamel is the hard mineral that protects the teeth. It is the hardest substance of the body, and it is needed to protect your teeth from damage. However, since your teeth are used on a daily basis, naturally wear will occur with time. Plus, habits throughout your life will eventually catch up with your teeth, and some of them can speed up the process of thinning enamel.

What Causes Enamel to Get Thinner?

There are many causes of thinning enamel, some of the most common of which include:

•  Eating a lot of starchy or sugary foods. Foods that are high in starch and sugar are naturally acidic, so they can lead to thinning of the enamel. The mouth converts these substances into acids, which eat away at the enamel and feed decay-causing bacteria.
•  Acid reflux. If you are living with acid reflux, you may experience thinning enamel. Stomach acids move into the mouth via the esophagus and can eat away at the enamel.
•  Dry mouth. If you are living with a condition known as dry mouth, your salivary glands don't produce enough saliva to keep the mouth lubricated. When your mouth doesn't get the moisture it needs, it is prone to damage of the enamel.
•  Acidic medications. If you are taking acidic medications, your enamel may also start to thin. These include chewable medicines and those with high doses of vitamin C.

If you are concerned about thinning enamel, give our office a call. We will inspect your teeth and can make recommendations on how to better protect your enamel.
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