Causes Of Dental Erosion (And What To Do)

Apr 6th, 2017 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry

Did you know that a common oral health problem is dental erosion? What does this really mean, you wonder? Well, erosion is a term that refers to the gradual wearing away of something. When we’re talking about your teeth, we may be talking about the surfaces that you use to chew or the tissue in general. Remember, your teeth are composed of layers, so the first one to go is your protective enamel. What might cause this and what should you do? Let’s explore!

Acid Erosion

One major player in the world of dental erosion is acid erosion. This is what happens when dental tissue comes into contact with acids. Didn’t realize this was happening since you’re not exactly picking up “acid” beverages at the grocery store. While they may not be labeled as such, most drinks you’re enjoying (aside from water) are acidic in nature. Coffee, fruit juice, tea, hot cocoa, soda, you name it! They can all erode your enamel.

Physical Erosion

Sometimes you’re physically doing something to wear down your teeth, which we refer to as a physical dental erosion. How could this be? Well, if you like to chew on things as as habit (like your nails, your pencil, your eyeglass arm, or something like ice), then you might be wearing down your teeth. The same is true for patients who grind their teeth.

Come See Us!

Avoid the dental erosion that can harm your oral health by remaining thoughtful about rinsing with water after acidic drinks, by being careful with chewing habits, and by staying committed to your dental checkups.

Keep Up With Checkups To Prevent Erosion

Remember that we can help you prevent all manner of problems, such a dental erosion, when you come in for your dental checkups. Schedule an appointment today with Hilltop Family Dental by calling (510) 758-7222. We are proud to serve patients from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and surrounding areas.

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