Causes of Tooth Erosion
Tooth erosion is a dental condition that gradually develops over time as the protective enamel covering of a tooth wears down. As the tooth erodes, patients experience heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and sweets, tooth discoloration, and tooth cracking or chipping.
At Texas Dental Center, Dr. Clark Damon and Dr. Kari Blankenship offer a range of dental services to treat oral conditions such as tooth erosion. Of course, prevention is always the best treatment. That is why we have provided a list of the top causes of tooth erosion for our Richardson, TX area patients.
Acidic Foods and Drinks
Excessive consumption of acidic foods and drinks can accelerate tooth erosion. If you drink soda or fruit drinks on a daily basis, you are at a higher risk of developing enamel erosion. Try to limit your consumption of acidic foods and beverages. If you do indulge, rinse the mouth with water immediately, and brush the teeth about 30 minutes later to reduce acidic exposure to the teeth.
Starchy and Sugary Foods and Drinks
Starchy and sugary foods and drinks attract dental bacteria, which slowly damage the outer layer of enamel and cause cavities. Starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, and pasta; along with sugary foods such as cookies and candy should be limited.
After eating sugary or starchy foods and drinks, brush the teeth as soon as possible. If you can’t brush your teeth immediately, try rinsing the mouth with water.
Teeth grinding is an extremely damaging habit that occurs without the patient even being aware of it. The force that is applied to the teeth when a person is clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth can wear down the enamel covering of the teeth.
If you grind your teeth, we can provide you with a custom mouth guard to wear at night while you sleep. The mouth guard will prevent the teeth from coming into contact, thereby slowing tooth erosion.
Wear and Tear
Daily wear and tear, such as that which occurs when biting and chewing, will slowly damage tooth enamel over time. In addition, bad habits, such as nail biting and using your teeth as tools, can accelerate this process.
Finally, being too aggressive with your oral care routine can contribute to erosion. Don’t brush the teeth too hard. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss thoroughly but gently. Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
Dry mouth can occur as you age, when smoking, or when you are in dry air. If you constantly have a dry mouth, you don’t have enough saliva to wash away food particles, plaque, and bacteria. This lack of the natural cleansing process creates conditions in which bacteria can continue to damage the teeth.
Certain Medical Conditions
Certain medical conditions cause excessive vomiting, such as alcoholism and bulimia. Other conditions, such as acid reflux disease, cause stomach acids to come into contact with the teeth, causing tooth erosion.
If you have developed tooth sensitivity due to tooth erosion, you can undergo treatment at our practice. Contact Texas Dental Center today to schedule an appointment.