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.