Dental erosion means loss of dental enamel due to over consumption of acidic food stuffs. Dental enamel is the hard and protective coating of the teeth, which shield the sensitive dentin beneath. When this enamel coating is damaged, the dentin beneath is uncovered which causes pain and sensitivity in the teeth.
Primary Causes of Dental Erosion
Acidic drinks or foods cause wearing down of the dental enamel in your teeth. In such case teeth will start losing some of their minerals, which leads to sensitivity. There is saliva in your mouth, which repairs the teeth from acidic attack, but its take some time to complete this process, if the acidic attack is too often, then your mouth does not have enough time to repair itself and over time you begin losing your tooth’s surface. Some of the acidic foodstuffs are elaborated further which poses to tooth erosion
- Fruit Juice: the most acidic fruits are cranberry, lemon, orange and apple.
- Candies: sweet foods never be a good deserts for teeth
- Soft drinks: most of the soft drinks contain some ingredients, which poses to tooth erosion as well as tooth decay.
- Wine: either it is red wine or white wine, it can also soften your teeth enamel.
- Stomach Acidity: reflux and vomiting can cause serious damage to your teeth.
Symptoms of Dental Erosion
It is quite imperative to notice the early signs of tooth erosion to prevent severe damages. Some common signs are sensitivity, discoloration, transparency, cracks, rounded teeth and cupping.
Does it need any Dental Treatment?
No, tooth erosion does not always need to be treated. Sorry example, this dentist will tell you in advance which treatment best suits you to prevent sensitivity. Generally, tooth fillings will be enough to repair it and sometimes a fluoride toothpaste or fluoride-containing mouthwash can solve this trouble for a long time. Fluoride varnish can be applied at least every six months for preventives. If you need any advice regarding this dental problem, feel free to contact the Adam Dentist through its online web portal. Moreover, there are various things that can you do for avoiding this dental problem such as:
- Have all acidic beverages and foods on mealtimes to reduce the number of acidic attacks
- Never hold drinks in your mouth, and drink quickly. To avoid directly acid contact with your teeth, you can use a straw.
- Always finish your meal with milk or milk cheese because it is best safeguard to prevent acidic attacks.
- Chew sugarless chew gum after every meal to help in producing more saliva in your teeth which cancel out acidic layer.
- Wait for one hour after having anything acidic before brushing your teeth. This gives your teeth enough time to build up their preventive mineral content again.
- After brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, don’t rinse your mouth with water just spit it out for long lasting effects.