The team at Moberi Dental Specialists wants patients who visit us to have smile that make them feel good. Cosmetic problems and tooth pain present a clear threat to quality of life, and with many people feeling anxious about seeing the dentist, there is more reason than ever to spread pertinent information about protecting teeth from common dental problems.
Conditions like cavities and infection typically begin with oral bacteria. Tiny microorganisms live in the mouth. There is nothing we can do to fully eliminate them. However, much can be done to minimize their effect on enamel. One of the ways to do this is to avoid habits that may lead to erosion, a prevalent problem in today’s society.
Is erosion the same as tooth decay?
Tooth decay occurs when a small area of a tooth is weakened by the acidic byproduct deposited by oral bacteria hidden in plaque. Erosion is a more widespread condition. It is also linked to acidity. However, erosion wears down the entire top layer of enamel that covers more vulnerable areas of a tooth. When enamel erodes, the underlying dentin may become visible and the overall shape of a tooth or teeth may be changed.
What Causes Teeth to Erode?
Tooth erosion is a common problem for children and adults of all ages. This is because many of the foods and beverages consumed today are highly acidic. Common causes of erosion include:
Soda and carbonated water
Vinegar or vinegar-based salad dressing
Energy and sports drinks
Studies have shown that energy drinks and sports drinks can affect enamel within just a few days of regular consumption. Just a drink or two a day and enamel may be worn down measurably. Erosion may be noticed as sensitivity, dullness, or the yellowing of teeth.
An Ounce of Prevention
Erosion is a permanent problem. It is advisable to develop habits that keep enamel strong so you can avoid the need for restorative care such as tooth bonding, dental crowns, or root canal therapy. Tips for preventing erosion include:
When drinking soda or carbonated beverages, use a straw to limit exposure to acidic ingredients.
Rinse the mouth with water after consuming an acidic food or beverage.
Trade carbonated beverages for water, avoiding them altogether.
Do not brush your teeth right after an acidic meal. Wait at least one hour.
Strengthen teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
Maintain twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings.
Moberi Dental Specialists offers expert attention for your dental concerns. However, we would prefer to help you avoid painful dental problems! For restorative services with gentle technique, schedule care with us.
Posted on 03/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM