A common oral health hazard that is known to destroy many a smile is dental erosion. Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, is an oral health condition in which your tooth enamel is worn away over time. The tooth enamel, which is the thin layer on top of teeth, can easily be damaged by harmful acids and foods and drinks, as well as other causes. This is important that we make sure we practice effective oral health care cleaning methods and avoid numerous risks and hazards to keep your smile safe from dental erosion.
If you wish to keep your smile safe, it is important to always make sure you are using safe and effective treatments to keep your mouth clean. One of the most effective things you can do is to always brush and floss your teeth daily. However, due to the potential for abrasion and further erosion after eating meals, it is advised to avoid brushing and instead, use alternative treatments such as mouthwash and chewing gum. Saliva production is extremely important for reducing plaque buildup and neutralizing harmful acids.
Not all forms of dental erosion are caused by the foods and drinks you consume. In addition, medications can lead to a condition known as dry mouth which has been known to increase the rate at which dental erosion occurs. Furthermore, dental erosion can arise due to environmental risk factors, genetic predispositions, and acid reflux disease.
If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a fantastic smile with dental erosion treatments, schedule an appointment with Park Dental of Edmonds & Snohomish at our dentist office in Snohomish, Washington by calling 360-568-2153. Dr. Kevin Park and the rest of our team look forward to seeing you.