In order to ensure your smile can continue to thrive for the rest of your life, it is important to not only brush your teeth every day but also eat healthy meals and avoid harmful substances that can easily lead to dental erosion. Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, arises due to harmful acids wearing down your tooth enamel. If left unchecked, dental erosion can lead to serious oral ailments including tooth loss.
There are numerous risk factors in our day-to-day lives that can increase your risk of dental erosion. Thus, it is important to always exercise caution with anything that can potentially damage your smile. This includes a poor diet that is high in sugar content. Sugars can easily cause dental erosion and tooth decay. In addition, genetic predispositions and environmental factors are known to promote the existence of dental erosion. Acid reflux disease can also lead to dental erosion. Furthermore, if an oral health condition such as dry mouth occurs, which consists of a lack of saliva in your mouth, it is a huge risk factor for dental erosion.
If your mouth is not producing enough saliva, numerous oral health ailments will exist. This is because saliva is meant to wash away food debris, neutralize harmful acids, and help promote disease-fighting substances in your mouth. In order to ensure saliva is present in your mouth, always eat crunchy and watery foods that require excessive chewing. Furthermore, studies have shown that by chewing sugarless gum after eating can produce saliva. Saliva formation can occur to the point that your teeth will be effectively protected against cavities and dental erosion.
Skyrocket to the top of the oral health care ladder with dental erosion prevention treatments. Make sure to take diligent care of your dental erosion prevention treatments, so that your smile can last for ages. For more information about dental erosion prevention treatments, or to schedule a comprehensive oral examination with Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing, give us a call at 517-333-3160. Our dentist office is located in Lansing, Michigan.