Tooth Erosion Causes and Treatments

Jun 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM — by Lauren Shanard

A young woman pointing to her vibrant, healthy teeth as she smiles widelyTooth erosion is, unfortunately, one of the most common dental problems among people of all ages. As an expert in restorative dentistry, Dr. Lauren J. Shanard is able to repair teeth that have been damaged by erosion. However, Dr. Shanard is also a firm believer in the notion that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is why she educates her patients about the causes of tooth erosion, hoping that they will actively try to avoid harming their precious teeth.

Of course, for patients whose teeth have already begun to erode, as well as for those whose teeth have been extensively damaged by erosion, there are solutions available. At Contemporary Dental Arts, P.C. in Williston, tooth erosion treatment of the most surpassing quality is available.

Causes of Tooth Erosion

The natural enamel of teeth is among the strongest substances to be found in nature. This does not mean, however, that it cannot be damaged. The acids in the mouth can wear enamel down over time, especially among people who do not regularly visit the dentist for professional cleanings and exams. Once the enamel becomes worn, the underlying layers of the teeth become highly vulnerable to decay and erosion.

Foods and liquids that are high in acidic content can contribute to the wearing down of tooth enamel. In general, these foods and liquids should be consumed in moderation. Proper oral hygiene regimens at home and regular dental visits are necessary to limiting the potential damage caused by foods and liquids such as:

  • Fruit juices and ciders
  • Fruits such as berries, citrus fruits, apples, oranges, raisins, and grapes
  • Carbonated liquids including soda
  • Both red and white wines
  • Vinegar and salad dressings
  • Jams and jellies
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based soups and sauces

Tooth enamel can also be harmed by acids within the body, such as those that occur due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and vomiting. Chronic oral health conditions such as dry mouth and bruxism (grinding of the teeth), along with habits such as chewing on ice, biting fingernails, and using too much force when brushing the teeth, can also contribute to tooth erosion.

Treatments for Tooth Erosion

If caught early enough, tooth erosion may be prevented from becoming a more serious issue through simple lifestyle changes. These changes depend on the cause of the tooth erosion. For example, a patient who drinks a lot of soda may be advised to cut out carbonated beverages.

Patients with oral health issues such as bruxism or dry mouth will have to have these underlying conditions treated and managed in order to prevent further damage to the teeth.

If a patient has already experienced a moderate to high degree of erosion, restorative dentistry solutions such as dental crowns can be used to restore health, beauty, and function to the teeth while preventing further damage.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation with Dr. Shanard

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your teeth from tooth erosion, or you would like to repair teeth already damaged by erosion, please contact Contemporary Dental Arts, P.C. today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Lauren J. Shanard.

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