General Dentistry, Oral Health, Santa Cruz Dentist

Tooth Erosion: How to prevent it

A common dental problem among our Dr. Peabody DDS patients is tooth erosion. The outer layer of teeth is called enamel. Enamel protects your teeth from normal everyday wear and tear that result from eating and drinking. The enamel of the teeth is the strongest substance in the body. Though incredibly strong, enamel in the teeth can be worn down by acid and bacteria commonly found in the mouth, among other causes. Normal wear and tear, acid, and bacteria erode the enamel of the teeth will result in tooth erosion. It is essential for our Santa Cruz tooth erosion patients to understand how to prevent tooth erosion from occurring and to treat it once it has occurred.

What Causes Tooth Erosion?

Many of our dental patients in Santa Cruz have experienced some degree of tooth erosion. There are several causes of tooth erosion. Some of the foods that make up a healthy diet are high in acidic content, which contributes to the erosion of the tooth’s enamel. The consumption of energy drinks, fruit juices, beer, and carbonated beverages also causes erosion of the enamel. Some medications, when taken in powder form or are chewed can cause tooth erosion, as well as certain medical conditions.

How Do I Prevent Tooth Erosion?

While there are many causes of tooth erosion, it can be prevented. Teeth weakened by the effects of tooth erosion are more susceptible to tooth decay, which leads to the formation of dental cavities. While the damage caused by tooth erosion cannot be reversed, it may be possible to prevent tooth erosion by making changes in your diet and maintaining proper oral hygiene. Many of our patients in Santa Cruz prevent tooth erosion by following these simple steps:

  • December Candy-TracyBrush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and with toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Rinse your mouth with water immediately after consuming beverages or foods with a high acidic content
  • Wait at least twenty minutes after consuming foods and beverages high in acidic content before brushing your teeth
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Make dietary changes so that foods and beverages that are high in acidic content are consumed in moderation
  • Always undergo routine dental checkups and dental cleanings
  • Seek medical care for any condition that may contribute to tooth erosion
  • Do not use any tobacco products
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Seek treatment for chronic dry mouth

What If Tooth Erosion Is Already Present?

For our Santa Cruz tooth erosion patients, there are effective treatments available to address the dental issues resulting from tooth erosion. During your dental examination, Dr. Peabody and his staff will determine the severity of your tooth erosion. Once this has been determined, we can tailor a treatment plan for your unique needs and goals.

If you think that you may have tooth erosion occurring, please contact us if you are in the Santa Cruz, Watsonville, or Aptos areas, and we will let you know how we can help.

Dr. Guy Peabody, DDS

620 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz CA 5062
(831) 457-0343

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