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Treat - and Prevent - Tooth Erosion Today - Your Path to a Healthy Smile


Posted on 5/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Imagine biting into a crisp apple. The satisfying crunch, the burst of sweet juice—it's a simple pleasure that many of us take for granted. But for some, that simple pleasure can be met with a wince, a sharp pain, a reminder that their teeth aren't as strong and healthy as they once were. This could be a sign of tooth erosion, a silent thief that can slowly wear away the enamel, the protective outer layer of your teeth.

The good news is, tooth erosion is largely preventable, and even treatable in its early stages. In this blog, we'll explore the causes of tooth erosion, its symptoms, and most importantly, how you can prevent it and keep your smile strong and healthy.

What Causes Tooth Erosion?


Tooth erosion occurs when the enamel is exposed to acid, which can come from several sources:

•  Dietary acids: Regularly consuming acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruits, sodas, and sports drinks can contribute to erosion.
•  Stomach acids: Acid reflux or vomiting can expose your teeth to stomach acid, which is highly erosive.
•  Certain medications: Medications like aspirin and some asthma inhalers can also contribute to tooth erosion.

Identifying the Silent Signs


Unfortunately, tooth erosion often goes unnoticed until it's reached a more advanced stage. However, here are some early signs to watch out for:

•  Sensitivity: Your teeth may become sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.
•  Discoloration: The eroded areas may appear whiter, yellower, or even translucent.
•  Notching: You may notice small indentations or "notches" at the biting edges of your teeth.
•  Tooth wear: In severe cases, the biting surfaces of your teeth may become flattened or even chipped.

Taking Action to Protect Your Smile


The good news is that addressing tooth erosion early can help prevent further damage and even reverse some of the effects. Here are some steps you can take:

•  Limit acidic foods and drinks: Choose water or milk over sugary drinks, and eat fruits and vegetables in moderation.
•  Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush and floss regularly, and use a fluoride toothpaste.
•  Chew sugar-free gum: This can help increase saliva flow, which can neutralize acids.
•  See your dentist regularly: Get regular checkups and cleanings, and discuss your concerns about tooth erosion with your dentist.

Partnering with Your Dentist for a Stronger Smile


Your dentist plays a vital role in preventing and managing tooth erosion. They can assess the extent of the damage, offer personalized advice, and recommend treatments like fluoride varnishes or composite fillings to restore damaged areas. By working together, you can keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come.

Remember, tooth erosion doesn't have to take away your smile. By understanding the causes, recognizing the signs, and taking preventive measures, you can keep your teeth healthy and enjoy life's simple pleasures, bite after bite.

Talk to one of our caring patient coordinators today to schedule an appointment.
 
Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718



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