Knowing the signs may save your teeth
Teeth strength is relative to the tooth enamel. Tooth enamel covers the exposed part of your teeth, and serves a specific function. It is the hardest tissue in the body, yet has no blood flow and therefore cannot be repaired. Enamel protects the teeth from extreme temperatures, chemicals, and daily use. Enamel can erode, and crack which may lead to loss of teeth strength. There are some common signs that occur when your teeth may not be strong.
The visible signs of weak Teeth
There are signs of weakened teeth that may be visible to yourself or otcontrohers. These visible signs may differ in each person with weak teeth.
There may be indents on the teeth. This is also known as cupping.
Teeth are also no longer straight and smooth. Sharp and rough may edges appear as well especially on the corners of the teeth.
Rounded edges may also be present. If they also accompany the off colored teeth or sensitive teeth then this is an issue.
Teeth may no longer be white and may appear off white, yellow, or in some cases gray-ish. This is due to the enamel leaving dentin exposed. The dentin is what makes the tooth a specific color.
Translucency – if teeth are more translucent or even if they have always been translucent, this can indicate that enamel was not fully formed. It can also mean that you are or were not taking in enough minerals to sustain the enamel development.
Physiological signs of weakened teeth
There are also physiological signs of weakened teeth that may be present even when teeth appear to be totally normal to yourself.
There may be sensitivity to foods that are hot, cold, or even acidic. The pain will not be unbearable, but will be quite noticeable
Extreme sensitivity will occur as the tooth weakens further and will be much more painful. People can find that even exposure to colder air will result in sensitivity. Hot and cold foods or other stimuli may cause extreme pain within the tooth.
Jaw pain – TMJ also known as jaw pain may also occur when teeth have been weakened. Usually caused by grinding teeth (bruxism), this is the first sign that someone may know they are actually grinding their teeth. This action can really wear down the enamel of the teeth that creating friction.
Cavities – Cavities are evidence of teeth weakened by decay. Those with cavities will experience tooth sensitivity or extreme sensitivity which must be treated or fixed to ensure that there is not a loss of tooth, infection, or gum disease that develops. A CDC study in 2016 revealed that 31% adults between 20 and 44 had untreated cavities!
So how can you strengthen your teeth
There are a few things you can do to strengthen your teeth, however they are not a substitute for visiting the dentist. Mensjournal.com offers these few tips, which many people have heard before.
Chew the right gum – Sugar free gum stimulates saliva production. This saliva is key in helping to wash away leftover food particles and acids leftover during the break down of food by bacteria. Saliva also contains phosphorus and calcium, both which help to remineralize and strengthen teeth. There is no need to chew all day though, twenty minutes is fine.
Include certain foods in your diet – Foods that are low in sugar but gently graze the surface of the teeth, such as celery, are helpful in cleaning food off of the surface. Strawberries and fruits that have antioxidants are helpful, as they coat and protect the teeth. However the malic acid specific to strawberries breaks down tartar on the enamel. Foods with probiotics such as, kefir and yogurt help to regulate the biome within the mouth and neutralize bacteria. They also contain strengthening minerals such as calcium, which builds up enamel. Additionally, they increase saliva production as well.
Remove or ingest less of certain foods – Foods like hard candies, gummy candies, ice cream, soda, cake cookies, chips should not be ingested often. Not only do they wreak havoc on the body but also on the mouth. Along with others, these foods are high in sugars or stick to teeth, and should be avoided as they increase the instances for unhealthy bacteria to thrive and produce more acid, which wears away enamel and leads to other issues.
Brush the right way – many people do not know this but there is a right way to brush. No one should brush too hard or too fast. Replace toothbrushes every three months. Also, don’t brush right after eating sweats or acidic foods as this could cause further tooth erosion.