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Tooth Enamel

dental model of teeth and gums at Grateful Dental in Marietta GA Providing great protection against decay, tooth enamel is considered the hardest mineralized substance in the body, even stronger than bone! Yet, despite its incredible strength, it can become damaged. According to Crest, there are two types of damage that can affect tooth enamel—abrasion and erosion.

To better explain, abrasion occurs when something scrapes against the surface of teeth, such as a hard-bristled toothbrush or even a fingernail. On the other hand, erosion happens when tooth enamel is repeatedly exposed to acidic foods and beverages that prove to weaken the structure of the enamel. Erosion of tooth enamel is not easily seen, as it occurs over time. Yet, there are a few signs and symptoms to be aware of.

Perhaps the most common indicator of tooth enamel loss is tooth sensitivity. For instance, an individual may notice a sharp pain or tingling sensation when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages, or when eating sweet foods. Other telltale signs of enamel loss are teeth that appear yellowish in color, as well as shiny in appearance. Meanwhile, the texture of teeth may change, as edges become rough and indentations form on the surface of the enamel. As mentioned, possible sources of tooth enamel erosion include a diet heavy in acidic substances. Yet, it’s also important to understand that other conditions such as Bulimia and Acid Reflux can accelerate the wearing away of tooth enamel.

For the most part, when tooth enamel is destroyed, it cannot be restored. That’s why dental professionals urge patients to keep up with regular dental visits and preventative care in order to strengthen teeth and detect problems early. Even so, when patients discover that their tooth enamel is wearing away, the good news is that it is possible to prevent further enamel loss.

With a strong commitment to preventative dentistry, Dr. Leia Porcaro understands the power of regular dental care at an early age, as it provides protection against the damaging effects of acid erosion on tooth enamel. Even so, it’s never too late to commit to good oral care. Thus, if you reside in Marietta or the East Cobb area, and you’re looking for an experienced dentist that truly cares about your oral health, call Dr. Porcaro at Grateful Dental today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Leia Porcaro
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Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE, #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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Katesha green

Had a great visit! Janice was a pleasure and Dr. Porcaro was very personable. They both made me feel at ease. The doctors husband (can’t remember his name) was able to find the best financing to fit our budget. I would definitely recommend Grateful Dental to my friends and family.


Very professional place ! Scheduling appointments can be done quickly and very easily online. Clean and updated office. All the staffs are very friendly. Never have to wait long for my appointment. My cleaning went well today and a big thank you to Terra. She is the best!

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I have always had a pleasant experience at each visit. The wait time is not long at all . They make sure that the patient are always comfortable. So thank you Grateful Dental for your services.

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