In our latest top tips for teeth our Hygienist Louise Clark looks talked about dental erosion, what can cause it and how best to prevent it.
What is Dental Erosion?
Dental erosion is the softening of the tooth surface. Overtime, the softened enamel can be subject to wear, resulting in thinning of the enamel which in turn can lead to a change in the texture, shape and appearance of your teeth, they may also become sensitive to temperature.
What Causes Dental Erosion?
The most common cause of dental erosion is the consumption of foods and drinks which contain acids, for example: some fruits, wine, fruit teas and soft drinks. Our diet however is not the only potential cause of dental erosion. Other factors that could be involved include some medications such as chewable vitamin C, medical conditions such as gastric reflux or eating disorders.
Our Top Tips For Preventing Dental Erosion
- As some foods and drinks that can cause erosion contain essential vitamins to make up a healthy diet, these should not be avoided, however, care should be taken as to the frequency and manner in which they are consumed.
- Attend regular visits with your dentist and dental hygienist who can advise and discuss any worries or concerns you may have about your teeth.
- Do not brush your teeth immediately after consuming food or drink which contains acid, the softened enamel is easily brushed away. Instead wait 60 minutes before brushing your teeth or use a fluoride mouthrinse.
- Use a toothpaste containing at least 1,350ppm fluoride twice daily.
- Limit acidic foods and drinks to main meal times. Drink plain water or milk between meals and should eat between meals, choose “safe snacks” such as breadsticks, plain natural yoghurt, nuts or unprocessed meats.
- If you choose to drink soft drinks or fruit juices, drink them cold as this will slow down the erosive chemical reaction. Also try to use a straw positioned towards the back of the mouth and avoid swishing or holding the drink in your mouth before swallowing.
If you suffer from sensitivity or you are concerned about dental erosion call 38 Devonshire Street on +44 7935 5354 and schedule a dental examination with one of our dentist or a hygiene treatment with our hygienists who will provide you with more useful advice to prevent dental erosion.
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