What You’ll Notice if Your Teeth are Eroding (And Why Action is Necessary)
Change is inevitable. Sometimes it’s not immediately noticeable.
You’d think that changes to your teeth would get your attention. If you’re experiencing any change related to dental erosion it’s time to notice…and act.
The look and functionality of your teeth are a fundamental way to assess their health. Tooth erosion, for example, will reveal wear, a dark appearance beneath the enamel (on the surface), or hollowed out areas on your teeth.
You might also experience increased teeth sensitivity. This happens as more of your teeth’s protective enamel erodes.
Natural resistance is good but not enough
Your mouth produces a natural resistance to dental erosion. Saliva works to neutralize it’s effect.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the acids within the foods and beverages you consume can overpower your saliva’s ability to sustain its protective benefits.
Control the acid and you’ll help reduce erosion’s impact on your teeth.
Do this now
It would be unrealistic to eliminate all of the high acidic foods and beverages you enjoy. But there are actions you can take to reduce the risk of damage to your teeth.
Use mealtimes to enjoy foods and beverages that are higher in acid content. This slows the frequency of its impact on your teeth.
Swallow each sip of your favorite beverage sooner. This reduces the amount of time you keep the liquid in your mouth and on your tooth surfaces.
Chew sugar-free gum after a meal. Chewing increases the amount of natural saliva in your mouth that can help neutralize the acids in your food and beverages you enjoyed while eating.
Brush your teeth following a meal. But delay doing so for up to an hour to allow your tooth enamel to re-harden.
Stay aware of your teeth’s appearance and function. Schedule annual check-ups and follow-through on recommended treatment, including dental bonding, to treat dental erosion.
Contact our Roswell dental office if you notice any signs of tooth erosion. Schedule an examination to discuss treatment solutions.