Have you ever heard of dental erosion? Although the term may not be familiar to many individuals, everyone is aware of its effects. Dental erosion, also referred to as enamel erosion, occurs when your precious tooth enamel is worn away by harmful acids. If your tooth enamel is worn away to a substantial degree, a hole will form in the enamel known as a cavity.
In order to prevent dental erosion from occurring, it is important to always make sure you keep your mouth clean and safe from harmful acids and debris. This includes eating a healthy diet and avoiding sugary sweets and treats. In order to keep your mouth clean, always use effective tools that will not lead to further abrasion. This includes using brushes with soft bristles and using dental floss that will not fray. Ideally, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day away as well.
Dental erosion is caused by more than just sugary products and foods and drinks. Dental erosion can also occur due to dry mouth. Dry mouth is a symptom in which your mouth does not have enough saliva to help protect yourself from harmful acids and plaque buildup. Numerous medications can cause dry mouth, so exercise caution with all medications you take. Dental erosion can also be caused by acid reflux disease, numerous environmental risk factors, and genetic predispositions.
Are you ready to upgrade and enhance your smile with dental erosion treatments? Sandra L. Parker DDS Inc remains committed to your oral health, and you are welcome to schedule an appointment with us by calling 714-289-0421. Dr. Sandra L. Parker and our team look forward to having you visit our dentist office in Anaheim, California.