Several risk factors are often linked to a downturn in your oral health in regard to the microscopic damage that can occur to your teeth and gums. One of the most significant risks to your teeth and gums is due to dental erosion. Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, occurs when harmful acids in your mouth slowly wear down your tooth enamel. If left untreated, it can harm your teeth and increase your risk for several oral health ailments including tooth loss.
Dental erosion has several causes. Acid reflux disease, environmental risks, genetic predispositions, and medications lead to dental erosion. In addition, so too can your diet. Due to the presence of sugars, carbs, and other unhealthy substances in your mouth, plaque and bacteria can slowly convert these substances into harmful acids which can chew through your tooth enamel.
To help protect your smile against dental erosion, it is important to always practice safe and effective oral hygiene routines. This includes brushing your teeth every single day. Beyond brushing and flossing your teeth, you will need to make sure that your mouth is always producing enough saliva. Saliva is essential for washing away debris and neutralizing harmful acids in your mouth. Saliva has even been shown to provide disease-fighting substance for your mouth to help prevent cavities and other oral health risks from arising. You can produce additional saliva by eating crunchy foods that have a high water content or by chewing sugarless gum after meals.
When you are ready to take the plunge into your quest for a superb smile, come speak with Lawrence Gerhart DDS to discuss treatments to overcome and prevent dental erosion. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. Lawrence Gerhart and our team at our dentist office in Tucson, Arizona, please give us a call at 520-326-5442. We look forward to bringing your smile back to its fullest.