Creating your best smile often entails making sure you take the time to prevent cavities from occurring. A cavity occurs when there is a hole in your tooth enamel. Although cavities can arise due to numerous causes, they are often the result of dental erosion, which is a wearing away process done to your tooth enamel by harmful acids in your mouth. To prevent cavities, it is essential to reduce the causes and risk factors of dental erosion and help keep your mouth clean from harmful acids that can derail it.
Your first step for dental erosion prevention begins with knowing what the causes of dental erosion are. Dental erosion, also known as enamel erosion, can arise due to acid reflux disease, environmental factors, a family history of the disease due to genetic predispositions, excessive sugar or starch consumption and dry mouth. To help prevent the effects of dry mouth, avoid products that can produce dry mouth as a side effect. This includes various medications. Dry mouth occurs when there is a decrease in saliva in your mouth.
To help keep your smile safe from all of the risk factors that can arise due to dental erosion, effective cleaning habits can be beneficial. This includes brushing and flossing every day as well as using supplemental cleaning tools such as mouthwash and sugarless chewing gum. To help limit the effects of harmful acids, always be sure to brush twice a day with a durable toothbrush and floss once a day as well. If traditional tools are causing any problems, switch to tools such as electric toothbrushes and water flossers. Due to the risks of tooth sensitivity and dental abrasion after eating, use mouthwash or chewing sugarless gum after meals.
The time is now to build a better smile with dental erosion and cavity prevention. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark R. Sheils and the rest of our team at Timber Creek Dental, our phone number is 701-232-6683. Our dentist office is located in Fargo, North Dakota. We look forward to hosting your smile!