The process of enamel wearing down over time is called dental erosion. Even though your tooth enamel is an extremely strong substance, it is often no match for the acidity found in foods and drinks. Destructive acids that exist in snacks, as well as those converted from sugars, can chew through tooth enamel and form holes, called cavities.
Teeth may be sensitive from acids after eating, so it is essential to avoid potentially abrasive products such as toothpaste during this time. Rather, you can protect your mouth from the dangers of dental erosion by using products such as mouthwash after meals. Chewing sugarless gum has also been proven to facilitate the production of saliva which can help neutralize acids in your mouth.
Protecting your teeth against dental erosion begins with keeping the acidity levels within your mouth at a minimum. One of the chief causes of high acidity in mouths is the foods and drinks you eat, as they can have a very low pH level and a very high acidic content. The amount of time that the acids are present in your mouth can play a heavy role in the damage it can do, so try to limit that time by limiting snacking so that any acidic products you eat will be somewhat neutralized within a large meal.
If you would like to experience the life-changing transformation that dental erosion treatments can provide, please stop by Concept Dental for an oral exam from Dr. Szilard Zombor and our team at our amazing dentist facility in Lynnwood, Washington. Schedule your visit by calling us at 425-697-3907. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!