Did you know that dental erosion is caused by a deterioration of your tooth enamel? Tooth enamel, the protective layer of your teeth is extremely strong and durable, but sadly is no match for many types of harmful acids that can invade your mouth. The bacteria in plaque can even convert dangerous substances such as sugar molecules into harmful acids that will eat through your enamel with relative ease.
Protecting your teeth against dental erosion begins with keeping the acidity levels within your mouth low. One of the primary causes of high acidity in mouths is the foods and drinks you eat, as they can have a very low pH level and a very high acidic content. The amount of time that the acids are exposed to your mouth can play a heavy role in the damage it can do, so try to limit that time by avoiding snacking so that any acidic products you eat will be somewhat neutralized within a large meal.
Teeth may be sensitive from acids after eating, so it is important to avoid potentially abrasive products such as toothpaste during this time. Instead, you can protect your mouth from the dangers of dental erosion by using products such as mouthwash after meals. Chewing sugarless gum has also been proven to stimulate the production of saliva which can help neutralize acids in your mouth.
If you suffer from dental erosion, contact Isle Smile at 305-293-1660 to see which treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral examination with Dr. Sandy Pape and our team at our dentist office in Key West, Florida, please contact us at your earliest convenience. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you.