Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, can have numerous causes. Dental erosion is primarily caused by acid, but it can be linked to several underlying conditions or substances. Medications, genetics, environmental factors or other issues could increase the risk to your tooth enamel enamel wear. Even acid reflux and heartburn can introduce acids to your mouth and damage your teeth.
You menu choices can also cause dental erosion. The sugars and carbohydrates in your food can be converted into harmful acids by the bacteria in the plaque in your mouth.
One of the best ways you can protect your teeth and gums is through basic oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and a toothpaste containing fluoride. For additional levels of protection, try using mouthwash or chewing sugarless gum after meals. Your dentist can evaluate the health of your smile and make the best recommendation for a course of treatment.
Ling Family Dentistry wants to help you prevent dental erosion. To schedule an appointment at our office in Blaine, Minnesota, please call us at 763-784-1993. Dr. Michael Ling and our team will work hard to to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.