Quick question: What is the hardest thing in the human body? No, it isn’t your skull. The hardest thing in the human body is actually our tooth enamel. Thank goodness it is protecting our teeth. However, your tooth enamel is just as fragile as it is hard. So, it is critical that you take good care of it.

You may be wondering what exactly causes damage to tooth enamel. Below are several habits, foods, and other things that can cause damage to your tooth enamel and expose your teeth to germs, bacteria, and sugar.

– Eating acidic food and having acidic beverages
– Chewing on your nails, pens, pencils, or other objects
– Chewing on ice
– Mouth piercings

While there are many habits and foods that cause harm to your teeth, there are also medical reasons why your enamel becomes damaged. The most common medical condition that causes people to damage tooth enamel is bruxism. Bruxism is better known as frequently grinding your teeth while you sleep. Xerostomia, dry mouth, can also cause tooth enamel to damage as you are not producing enough saliva to maintain a healthy mouth.

Concerned about your oral health?

Remember, if your tooth enamel wears down, this is not good for your oral health. Insufficient tooth enamel can lead to cavities and eventually gum disease. If you are concerned about the development of gum disease, click here to schedule an appointment at our office in Memphis, TN.