A common yet potentially severe oral health condition that can arise is known as dental erosion. Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, is the result of your tooth enamel being worn down by harmful acids. Although your tooth enamel is designed to protect your teeth, it is a very thin layer and not capable of withstanding the trauma inflicted on it by harmful acids that are introduced into your mouth.
Sugars are largely responsible for harmful acids that find their way into your mouth. If you have plaque buildup, the bacteria and plaque can convert sugars into acids that will erode your tooth enamel. By actively practicing effective oral health care techniques such as brushing and flossing daily, you can help minimize the damage caused by dental erosion.
Dental erosion can be minimized by neutralizing the harmful acids with saliva. Saliva is naturally produced by your mouth, but there are techniques you can use to help increase the amount of saliva in your mouth. For instance, chewing sugarless gum after meals has been shown to effectively increase saliva production and help prevent cavities.
Dental erosion can occur due to many factors, including acid reflux disease, genetics, environmental factors, and even medications. If you were taking medications that feature dry mouth as a side effect, be aware that dry mouth is known to cause tooth decay and gum disease. Furthermore, numerous acidic products including soft drinks and fruit drinks can easily promote dental erosion. In some instances, fruit drinks are as acidic as battery acid, so exercise caution with all the products that you may consume.
No matter the level of oral hygiene you have, Dr. Gilbert Omido and our team at Gilbert Omido DDS, P.A. are here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Wichita, Kansas, please contact us at 316-683-0440 to speak with a member of our team. Let us help you take charge of your future with a healthy smile!