One of the most important things you can do is to be aware of what causes dental erosion. Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, has several risk factors associated with acids in your mouth slowly wearing away your tooth enamel. Medications that produce dry mouth as a side effect can often increase your risk for plaque buildup. Plaque buildup can convert materials in your mouth into acids that will contribute to dental erosion. Other common causes of dental erosion include excessive sugar consumption and even genetic predispositions. To effectively lower your risk of dental erosion, keep your mouth clean and free of debris at all times.
Treating any plaque buildup in your mouth should be paramount for helping lower your risk of dental erosion. This includes always brushing and flossing your teeth every day. As a general rule of thumb, you should be brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure that you are flossing every day with shred-resistant dental floss. Other helpful cleaning tools include using mouthwash or sugarless chewing gum to help clean out your mouth.
Keeping your mouth clean often depends on promoting the addition of saliva. Saliva can be produced by chewing on crunchy foods with a high water content or chewing sugarless gum after meals. Saliva is important for minimizing debris, neutralizing acids and providing disease-fighting substances for your oral health care.
It is also important to focus on your diet and to eliminate substances contained therein. This can include unhealthy substances such as sugarless chewing products as well as acidic foods or sour sweets. Anything that you consume that can contribute to a buildup of plaque or damage to your tooth enamel should be eliminated from your diet.
The best smiles begin with dental erosion prevention. If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Jacob Shrayman at our dentist office in Verona, New Jersey for overcoming dental erosion, please call us at (973) 791-4104. Our team at Jacob Shrayman, DDS would like you to come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.