Tooth enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth that acts as a protective shield against harmful bacteria and acids. However, several factors can contribute to its gradual wear-down over time. Various factors can contribute to worn-down tooth enamel, like consuming acidic foods/drinks, aggressive brushing techniques with hard-bristle brushes/toothpaste, genetics, bruxism/teeth grinding habits, and genetics.
Treatment For Worn-down Tooth Enamel
If you have worn-down enamel, it is important to consult your dentist at the earliest. When it comes to treating worn-down tooth enamel, the approach will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. If your enamel has been damaged due to acid erosion caused by consuming acidic foods and drinks or as a result of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), then minimizing contact with these factors is important. Drinking water after consuming acidic food and drinks can help wash away acids from your teeth. For patients experiencing tooth sensitivity due to worn-down enamel, desensitizing toothpaste may be recommended for use.
If you have severely worn down enamel, dental bonding or veneers may be suggested as treatment options. These procedures involve using composite resin material or porcelain laminates respectively to cover up the affected areas of your teeth and restore their appearance.