The thin, protective layer on your teeth is known as tooth enamel. Tooth enamel exists to help prevent harmful acids and bacteria from entering the root of a tooth, which contains the vital resources of the tooth to ensure its survival. However, your tooth enamel can be breached due to harmful acids wearing it down. This process is known as dental erosion.
If you suffer from dental erosion, it is important to look at various aspects of your life to determine what is causing it. Dental erosion is commonly caused by acid reflux disease, genetics, medications that produced acid reflux as a side effect, and your diet. Because of the wide-ranging areas and causes of dental erosion, it is important to provide blanket protection over your mouth whenever possible to help keep your smile as safe as you can. This includes eating healthy foods and cleaning your mouth out on a daily basis.
One of the key foundations of preventing dental erosion occurs with saliva production. Saliva is a naturally-produced substance in your mouth that can help wash away debris and harmful acids that are capable of dental erosion. To help produce additional saliva, try chewing sugarless gum after meals and eating crunchy foods with a high-water content.
To enhance your smile and help prevent dental erosion, you can visit our practice for regular cleanings and treatments. If you would like to visit with Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann and our team for a complete oral health examination, please call us at 757-716-7943 to set up an appointment at our dental office in Virginia Beach, Virginia.