Dental erosion is a normal phenomenon that occurs over time. It is simply the worn-out enamel (your teeth’s natural protective layer). A true issue arises if an enamel’s erosion is not detected in time. If one reaches that stage, one’s teeth lose their whiteness and solidity.
Dental erosion causes
Erosion causes are numerous. Our bodies naturally produce acid, which can potentially be harmful to our teeth. However, certain conditions such as gastric reflux or frequent vomiting can damage the enamel a lot faster. Some ingredients also carry acidity (such as citrus fruits, vinegar seasonings, coffee and soft drinks), as well as some medication (such as Aspirin). Medical conditions, such as dry mouth, can also contribute to one’s dental ruination (saliva protects your teeth, among other things).
Dental erosion symptoms
If you experience the following symptoms, you may be at risk of tooth erosion:
- your teeth are yellow or tarnished
- your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes
- your teeth are sensitive to certain foods and liquids
- your teeth have slimmed down, look worn out or cracked
As they become thinner, you may even notice that the tips of your teeth become progressively translucent. These symptoms should not be taken lightly. Ignoring these symptoms could lead to a dental emergency in the long run.
Thinking ahead is better than looking for a cure. Adopting healthy daily habits could prevent you from damaging your teeth, and hence, avoid a dental emergency all together. Regular follow-up appointments with a dentist are strongly recommended. That being said, simple actions can be taken at home.
These preemptive solutions include:
- reduce acid and sugar-based ingredients and beverages
- avoid tooth contact as much as possible when drinking acidic beverages
- avoid brushing immediately after drinking acid or sugar
- stay hydrated or chew gum which activates your salivary glands (because abundant saliva can help prevent tooth erosion.)
Your dentist may suggest different options for treating dental erosion. When the first signs and symptoms of erosion are detected, reducing the source of oral acidity may be an option. On the other hand, when part of the tooth is too damaged, two options can apply. One option can be an artificial enamel. Another option can be to remove the damaged part and replace it with a composite imitating the enamel (a Dental implant). Sometimes a root canal may be required. In any case, improving the appearance of damaged by erosion teeth is always a possibility. Other solutions are available to you: teeth whitening or ceramic facets to protect and restore your teeth’s original appearance. Your orthodontist may also suggest Invisalign.
The team at DentisteALaval.com is composed of true competent professionals who will, in addition to be able to diagnose, prevent and treat dental erosion, give you a warm welcome to their technologically advanced clinic.