Sources of enamel destruction and tooth sensitivity

Sources of enamel destruction and tooth sensitivity

Posted by John R. Brockman, DDS on Nov 14 2017, 04:30 AM

Dental sensitivity and enamel wear

Different parts of the human body have different pH levels. Your ideal blood pH is between 7.35 and 7.45, which is slightly alkaline. The stomach is typically at a pH of 3.5, which helps food break down properly.  Our diet and habits play an important role in our dental health. Here is a list of contributing factors.

Sources of enamel destruction and tooth sensitivity:

  • Bleaching products when used persistently over time
  • Soda products
  • Sugar products
  • Apple cider vinegar use (for weight loss)
  • Eating disorders and purging
  • Frequent vomiting during pregnancy (usually during the first trimester)
  • Bruxism (excessive grinding / clenching especially during sleep)
  • GERD
  • A very acidic diet (many foods are acidic such as coffee and popular vinegar)
  • Certain medications
  • Juices
  • Chewable vitamin C
  • A lactovegetarian diet
  • Wine consumption or wine tasters
  • Chlorine treated pools frequently used by swimmers
  • Lemon juice/fresh lemons used throughout the day in drinking water
  • Abrasive dental products

 If you have been told that you have wear on your teeth? Do you have tooth sensitivity?

 There are ways to reduce acid intake, help with clenching/grinding, diet alternatives and adding a prescription fluoride to your routine to help with sensitivity and enamel wear. We are here to help! If we notice dental wear clinically, we will want to address this with you in order to help keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

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