Are you aware of the risk factors associated with dental erosion? Dental erosion arises from harmful acids in your mouth that begin to pool and slowly eat through your tooth enamel. If left untreated, dental erosion can lead to holes in your tooth enamel, which are known as cavities. In order to keep your smile safe, effective dental erosion prevention plans need to be implemented. This includes exercising caution with known causes including dry mouth, genetic predispositions, medications, acid reflux disease and the heavy ingestion of sugary sweets and starchy snacks.
To help limit the effects of dental erosion, you will need to make sure that your oral hygiene routines are being implemented safely and effectively. This includes brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice every day. Furthermore, you will need to floss between your teeth with a reliable threaded floss or a water flosser.
For help minimizing the risk of erosion, cleaning your mouth out after eating is beneficial. However, your teeth are often susceptible to dental abrasion for about 30 minutes after eating, so potentially abrasive tools such as toothbrushes and toothpaste should not be used during this time. As an alternative form of cleaning, sugarless chewing gum and mouthwash can be used
Dr. Randal Brown and our team are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, please call us at 717-687-9366 to speak with a member of our team.