Oral Health Viewpoint: Dental Erosion

Your oral hygiene routines are often focused on the fundamental idea that you need to limit the risk of dental erosion. Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, occurs when harmful ingredients slowly wear down your tooth enamel. Typically, the destruction is a result of acids in your mouth. It is important to understand where these acids come from and what you can do to help protect your smile against decay.

The first thing you will need to do is set up a checklist of all potential risk factors for enamel erosion. Acid reflux disease, environmental factors, genetic predispositions, and medications are all known risk factors for dental erosion. Medications are a risk factor because they often produce dry mouth as a side effect. Furthermore, one of the most common forms of dental erosion arises due to the excessive consumption of unhealthy substances such as sugars and starches. Plaque buildup in your mouth can convert these substances into harmful acids which will chew through your tooth enamel

To help effectively protect your smile against the risks of dental erosion, it is important to always make sure you’re keeping your mouth clean whenever possible. This includes cleaning away acids by brushing and flossing daily. You should brush your teeth 30 minutes after every meal. If that isn’t possible try using mouthwash or sugarless chewing gum. Saliva production is essential for preventing enamel erosion as it can help neutralize harmful acids in your mouth and even wash away food debris that is left behind. Don’t forget to assess your diet and eliminate sugary sweets and treats as well.

If you are in need of protection from dental erosion, visit Gill Family Dentistry at our dentist office in Modesto, California. Please contact us at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amandeep S Gill.

How Do Cavities Form?

Have you ever gone to a dentist and learned that you have a cavity? Have you ever thought about how your cavities might have formed? Would you be surprised to hear that cavities and tooth decay form in different stages, or that you could reverse them before it becomes too serious?

You see, when you eat and chew, your teeth and gums will be exposed to plaque. If not removed, plaque can weaken the protective layer of your teeth, which is also known as enamel. Flossing and brushing are also important if you’d like to keep plaque and bad bacteria off of your teeth. Sadly, even if you do these things on a daily basis, your enamel may still be damaged. If this happens, you could notice white spots on your pearly whites. Luckily, this problem is reversible. However, if enamel decay is not addressed, it could continue to spread. At this point, you’ll need to have the cavity filled. Fortunately, you can usually notice a dark spot on your smile to help you catch your cavity before it becomes too severe.

If untreated, your tooth decay can also spread to your dentin—the soft layer beneath your enamel. Tooth decay can also get to the pulp of your tooth, which can affect the connective tissue and your tooth’s nerves. If this happens, you could need root canal therapy. Unfortunately, decay can continue to spread farther and might ultimately affect the bone that keeps your pearly whites in place.

You can generally avoid these issues by brushing and flossing your pearly whites on a regular basis and by scheduling regular appointments with us. If you would like to learn more about the stages of tooth decay in Modesto, California, please feel free to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.

How to Watch for Weak Enamel

You know that it’s important to keep your teeth healthy and strong. You probably know that you should brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and that you should floss daily. Similarly, it’s important for you to keep your enamel, which is the hard protective layer of your teeth, healthy and strong. Fortunately, there are a few signs you can watch for.

The first sign you can watch for is yellowing teeth. You see, once your enamel is stripped away, your dentin—which is the soft layer beneath your enamel—becomes exposed. Fortunately, you can usually prevent this issue by caring for your teeth well, which includes brushing and flossing regularly.

Similarly, you can watch for teeth that look transparent. If you notice this issue, your enamel could have developed improperly. This can be a genetic issue, typically indicating weak or thin enamel. Unfortunately, either of these issues can be fairly serious. If you notice these problem, please visit our team for personalized advice.

There are a few other things you can consider doing to recognize weakening enamel. For example, you could search for cracked teeth or for teeth that appear rounded. If you would like to learn more about how you can recognize weakened or weakening enamel, or would like to learn more about how you can address these issues, we invite you to contact Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team are eager to hear from you soon.

The Pros and Cons of Contouring and Shaping Your Teeth

Do you have overlapping teeth or crooked teeth? Similarly, do you have one or more cracked teeth? If you do—and even if you don’t—you probably understand that these types of imperfections can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to address the flaws in your smile. Contouring, which is also known as reshaping, has many advantages and a few things you should be aware of.

You see, in order for a dentist to contour your teeth, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed. This can be used to change your tooth’s length, shape, and appearance. Generally, this treatment is conservative and used as a cosmetic treatment. Luckily, this treatment can be used to address several issues, including irregularly shaped teeth or teeth with small chips or bulges.

Fortunately, contouring is usually very inexpensive—especially because you will almost never need anesthesia with contouring. Furthermore, this procedure is far less expensive than getting braces of having orthodontic work done. Contouring can also improve the health of your teeth. You see, plaque and tartar may get caught in your imperfections, making it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Sadly, this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Please remember that there are a few things you should know about having your teeth contoured. In order for this treatment to be performed, our dentist will need to remove some of your enamel. As you may know, your enamel is the protective outer layer of your teeth. In other words, if you remove enamel from your teeth, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you have more questions about what contours could do for you? Would you like to learn more about what you can do to have a beautiful, attractive smile? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Dr. Amandeep S Gill will examine the health of your mouth and help you develop a plan that will help you attain the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon.