It’s a well-known fact that enamel erosion and cavity prevention go hand-in-hand. Oftentimes, damage to your tooth enamel caused by harmful acids will produce enamel erosion. If the damage continues to occur until there is a hole in your tooth enamel, a cavity will arise. Thus, in order to effectively treat cavities, it is often recommended to treat any underlying causes such as enamel erosion. The more you do to keep your tooth enamel safe from debris and plaque buildup, the better off your smile will be.
In order to effectively prevent enamel erosion, it is first important to understand the causes. There are several issues that can arise from your mouth that can contribute to tooth enamel decay. Typically, enamel erosion is the result of harmful acids in your mouth caused by the excessive consumption of sugary or starchy products. Plaque can convert these products into harmful acids which will eat through your tooth enamel. To help protect your teeth, you must limit plaque buildup and keep your mouth clean as much as possible. Acid reflux disease, genetic predispositions, environmental factors, and many medications can all cause dental erosion.
In order to prevent dental erosion and cavity prevention from ever occurring, you must implement effective lifestyle choices. This includes improvements to your oral hygiene techniques. In order to improve your oral hygiene techniques, it is important to use safe and effective products such as soft-bristled toothbrushes, non-abrasive toothbrushes, therapeutic mouthwash, and chewing gum. Only through a combination of several different cleaning utensils can you effectively take steps to begin to protect your smile.
Come speak with us at the dental practice of Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD to discuss dental erosion and cavity prevention. To schedule an oral exam with Dr. Michael Smith and Dr. Evan Smith at our dentist office in Boise, Idaho, please give us a call at 208-343-4986. We will get you back to smiling once more!