Can damaged tooth enamel be restored? -

Can damaged tooth enamel be restored?

Can damaged tooth enamel be restored?

If one day, you suddenly realize that your teeth are yellowish and the enamel seems thinner than before. At the same time your teeth become more sensitive when eating food that is too hot or too cold. At that time, you immediately think about tooth enamel damage.

In the structure of the tooth, the enamel as an armor helps protect the inside. However, that layer can be worn and damaged. So can damaged tooth enamel be restored? Check out the answer immediately.

Armor of teeth – what is the enamel?

The material layer is on the outermost layer, and surrounding the crown is the enamel layer. This layer helps to protect the inner dentin and dental pulp.

The enamel is composed of Calcium Phosphate, very strong. But it is easy to be corroded by acid in food or oral environment. And from there, this layer becomes vulnerable if you don’t know how to take good care of it.

The structure of a real tooth has enamel covered on the outside
The structure of a real tooth has enamel covered on the outside

Why is enamel damaged?

Damage to this armor is undesirable. Together to find out the cause there will be ways to prevent it.

  • Congenital incomplete enamel. Typically the pathology “hypoplasia of enamel”. At this time, the patient’s tooth enamel is quite weak, less solid, prone to abrasion and break – batch.
  • Too little saliva causes your mouth to always feel dry, or you drink less water. This is why the acid in foods is not neutralized, or diluted. Acid deposits on teeth and cause erosion of this protective layer.
  • Long-standing tartar is not cleaned, will be the place where bacteria multiply. In the process of living, they secrete toxic substances that attack tooth. And from there born cavities, periodontitis, pulpitis …
  • People with stomach problems such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn, or vomiting … Stomach acid can erode tooth enamel without your knowledge.
  • Use food / medicine that is high in acidity and regularly.
  • There is uncontrolled grinding of teeth, causing friction, impact leading to worn face chewing, chipping …

In addition, in the way we take care of our teeth every day, there are many people who do the wrong way. And thereby damaging the armor of the teeth. Such as:

  • Brushing horizontally causes receding gums, abrasion of the root of the tooth.
  • Using a bristle brush will increase friction. For a long time it will cause this layer to wear mechanically.
Worn enamel is particularly worn on the root due to improper dental care
Worn enamel is particularly worn on the root due to improper dental care

So what do we need to do to address the problem of damaged tooth enamel?

First of all, everyone should think about visiting the dentist. Your dentist will help you handle damaged tooth enamel.

Aesthetic fillings are an effective solution to “hide” the areas of damaged enamel, chipped, tooth decay … Not only restoring the aesthetics of the teeth, but also helping to prevent and protect the remaining tooth tissue.

Use fluoride-added oral care products to improve the strength of enamel.

For patients who suffer from a condition of enamel dysplasia and need to beautify teeth. Porcelain veneer solutions may be recommended. Because the use of porcelain veneer will cause less damage to real tooth tissue, the aesthetics for the tooth surface will be maximized.

Aesthetic restoration for damaged tooth enamel
Aesthetic restoration for damaged tooth enamel

Is there any way to prevent tooth enamel wear?

  • Do not use teeth to bite, chew hard materials (chewing ice cubes, crab claws, opening bottles with teeth …)
  • Limit the use of high-acid foods many times a day (sour fruits like green mango, ambarella, lemons …). But if you eat these foods, quickly rinse your mouth with water to reduce the amount of acid on your teeth.
  • Limit your intake of foods that are high in carbohydrates, because if you don’t clean them, these residues will help bacteria grow. And cause tooth enamel damage, which leads to tooth decay.
  • After each meal about 25-30 minutes, please brush your teeth to clean the remaining food plaque.
  • Brush your teeth with a medium soft bristle brush. Combing in a circular motion with vertical brushing, avoiding horizontal brushing.
  • Eating well, chewing thoroughly will help your body get enough nutrition and the mouth is always wet to help prevent bacteria growth.
  • Fill up to 2 liters of water daily.
  • Treatment of stomach diseases. Or find ways to overcome teeth grinding.
  • Regular dental checkups every 6 months and removal of tartar help minimize the factors that cause dental damage.

“Prevention is better than cure”, this is a very proper motto of protecting health. Wish you always have good oral health.


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