When acids wear away the enamel of your teeth, dentists call it “tooth erosion” or “enamel erosion.” Even though tooth enamel is the hardest material in your body, it’s still vulnerable to the acids left behind by sugary sodas and fruit juices. Erosion can also be the product of stomach acid residue; this cause is common in those suffering from bulimia.
Your Livonia family dentist will be able to determine if you’re experiencing tooth erosion, and will also be able to give you some advice on stopping and reversing the damage. Of course, if you have an eating disorder of any kind, ask us or your family doctor for a referral to a specialist immediately.
You can help prevent erosion by waiting to brush at least an hour after an acidic meal or snack. You can—and should—also cut back on carbonated and high-sugar drinks. Using a straw for these types of beverages will also help prevent some erosion damage.
Chewing sugar-free gum can help you produce more saliva, the substance that helps your teeth re-mineralize following exposure to acids. Finally, make sure you’re visiting Livonia Family Dental every three months for your quarterly checkup exams and teeth cleanings.