Smart Smile Basics: Dental Erosion

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Tooth enamel is an outer covering on a tooth that although is extremely effective for protecting your teeth, can be damaged by acids. Dental erosion refers to damage that has occurred to the enamel on your teeth. When acids erode your enamel to the point that a hole occurs, a cavity will arise.

There are numerous causes of dental erosion. Some dental erosion situations are harder to prevent than others, including issues that arise with genetics, medications, and environmental factors. However, dry mouth is often a side effect of medications, so be aware of products you may be taking. Furthermore, dental erosion can arise out of acid reflux disease or through the consumption of extremely sugary and acidic products such as soft drinks and fruit drinks. Exercise caution with your diet and speak with your dentist to determine what preventive measures you can take.

Always remember to practice effective oral health care to limit dental erosion. This includes brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily. Always use effective treatments and methods when cleaning your mouth. Never use toothbrushes and toothpaste on your teeth after eating, as they may be too abrasive for your sensitive teeth at that time. Instead look for other ways to enhance saliva production, including via mouthwash or sugarless gum. An increase in saliva production has been known to help prevent erosion from occurring.

If you would like to schedule a dental erosion treatment session at Oak Ridge Dental, simply call our dentist office in Burnsville, Minnesota, at our number 952-435-0355. Dr. Jeff Olson and our entire team await. We look forward to seeing you smile!