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Tooth Enamel Erosion: Causes, Effects And Solutions

Posted Date :        June 21, 2015
tooth enamel erosion causes effects and solutions

If you have been eating sweets or drinking soda for so long, you probably felt a tingling sensation in your mouth. The feeling almost never goes away, no matter how hard you try to brush them off. Teeth sensitivity, along with discolouration and cracking, are typical signs of tooth enamel erosion.

The enamel is the outmost part of the teeth that protects the teeth against bacteria and other elements. It is one of the things that keep your teeth healthy. Poor oral care and other factors may cause tooth enamel erosion, which may lead to tooth decay and other dental problems.

Tooth enamel erosion may become a serious issue if left untreated. It is important to know where it comes from and how to solve it. Here are some of the causes and solutions for such condition:

Diet

Tooth erosion happens every time you eat or drink anything acidic. Acid softens the enamel and wears down its mineral content. Reduce or avoid eating and drinking highly acidic stuff, such as soft drinks, wines and tea. Avoid sugary and starchy food, as well. Rinse your mouth with water if you do want to consume acidic food.

Dry mouth

Saliva washes away bacteria and acid in the teeth. Dry mouth causes the acid to linger in the enamel, thus weakening it further. Avoid food and drinks that cause you to dehydrate.

Other problems

Some conditions cause tooth enamel erosion. Acid reflux causes the acid in the stomach to go up in the mouth and wear the enamel out. Bulimic patients have high acid in their vomit, which causes damage to the enamel, as well. Take acid-reducing diet and drugs to prevent tooth enamel erosion.

Poor oral care

Improper brushing or flossing of teeth may wear out the outer covering of your teeth. The same thing happens when you use mouthwash or fluoride toothpaste excessively. Brush your teeth carefully using soft bristles. Use mouthwash and fluoride toothpaste daily yet sparingly.

Some cases of tooth enamel erosion may be serious that these might require dental treatments. It is still advisable to visit a dentist regularly. At Glow Dental, we strive to provide the very best in dental care. From your first routine check-up right through to cosmetic treatment, we help give you a million-dollar smile.

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