Are you familiar with the risks associated with dental erosion? Dental erosion, also frequently referred to as enamel erosion, is a condition in which the tooth enamel on your teeth is slowly worn down, frequently by harmful acids. If you do suffer from dental erosion, it will need to be treated as soon as possible to ensure cavities do not arise.
Dental erosion is typically caused by acids in your mouth. Not only can extremely acidic foods leave you at risk for dental erosion, but so too can processes such as acid reflux disease or heartburn in which stomach acids travel up into your mouth. To help combat these risks, you will need to make sure that your mouth is producing enough saliva to neutralize the acids and keep your mouth clean. Saliva is produced through various factors and can even be enhanced by chewing sugarless gum or eating crunchy and watery foods.
To help prevent dental erosion, make sure you assess your diet and eliminate any unhealthy substances which can potentially turn into acids in your mouth, including starchy or sugary snacks. Furthermore, set forth an effective oral hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth and gums twice every day along with flossing between your teeth once a day. Don’t forget to make sure you clean off your tongue as well. For additional help with keeping your mouth clean, visit your dentist for bi-annual professional cleanings.
To make sure your tooth enamel remains strong and free of harm from dental erosion, please schedule an appointment with Trinity Dental Center at our office in Anderson, South Carolina, by calling us at 864-642-4630. Dr. Robert Berkowitz and our team with make sure you receive the enamel-building care you deserve.