Protect Yourself from Tooth Erosion

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



Citrus juice

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.


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Root Canal Treatment in Houston

Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal treatment for a damaged or infected tooth? Often the term “root canal” is a known but scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions of Americans require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.

What Causes the Need For a Root Canal?

Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of protective enamel. The purpose of this enamel is to prevent the exposure of the many sensitive structures that lie within our teeth. Inside our teeth, in the pulp, there are many blood vessels and nerves to be found.

If the pulp inside of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed after a dental injury or advancement of tooth decay, the most appropriate treatment of your tooth is a root canal procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of an Inflamed or Infected Tooth?

While you may not experience any symptoms to indicate an infection, many of our patients report intense pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swollen and painful gums and even drainage of infected fluid around the tooth.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed so that your dentist or endodontist can remove the infected pulp from inside of your tooth roots. The dentist will drill into your affected tooth or may even have to cut into your gum tissue in order to properly clean your root canals and eliminate the infection. After the inside of your tooth is completely disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a crown or other restoration.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

Your dentist will use the same anesthetic that he or she uses for dental fillings during your root canal procedure. Therefore, your mouth will be fully numb and you should be comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the level of infection to be treated, your mouth may be swollen and you may have discomfort for a couple of days after treatment. If this is the case, your dentist can provide pain medication.

How Many Office Visits Does a Root Canal Require?

Typically, a root canal can be performed in just one office visit within an hour or two. However, delays may arise if your dentist recommends that your tooth be restored with a crown following the procedure. If this is the case then you may be fitted for a temporary crown during your first visit and asked to return when your permanent crown is ready for placement.

How Long Will My Root Canal Treatment Be Effective?

A root canal restores much of the function and appearance of your natural tooth structure. This means that with proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups, just as you would do for your other teeth, treatment of your affected tooth will last years maybe even your lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal or have been told you need the procedure and are looking for a qualified endodontist contact Moberi Dental Specialists for a consultation today.