Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, occurs when your tooth enamel slowly is worn away by harmful acids. If you wish to protect your teeth, from any outside dental erosion risks, it is important to make sure you are keeping a smile clean at all times. Even food residue that sits on your teeth immediately after eating can begin to damage your teeth and cause dental erosion.
To help prevent dental erosion from overtaking your smile, it is important to use substances that help form saliva in your mouth. Because saliva is often present as an actual substance in your mouth, it can help wash away debris and neutralize harmful acids. To help create additional saliva, try chewing sugarless gum after meals.
Dental erosion has numerous causes which can increase your risk for the condition. Because dry mouth is such a large contributor to dental erosion, it is important to always exercise caution with any medications that you’re taking that list dry mouth as a side effect. In addition, be aware that excessive sugar consumption, acid reflux disease, and numerous genetic and environmental dispositions, can increase your risk for dental erosion.
In order to keep your smile safe, it is important to implement effective oral health care cleaning programs to help prevent dental erosion from occurring on a daily basis. This includes brushing your teeth every day with a sturdy toothbrush that soft bristles and non-abrasive toothpaste at least twice a day. Also, make sure you’re using an effective interdental cleaner such as dental floss or a water flosser to clean between teeth.
The best smiles are made possible with dental erosion prevention treatments. To upgrade your smile with dental erosion prevention treatments, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Wichita, Kansas. If you would like Dr. Ned Todorov and our team at Dr. Ned Todorov DDS to talk to you about dental erosion prevention treatments, please call our dentist office at 316-633-4543.