Tooth erosion is a problem that occurs when tooth enamel wears down due to a variety of factors. Some of them include acidity in the diet, gastroesophageal reflux disease and bruxism.
In this sense, it should be noted that dental erosion can be painful and, if left untreated, can cause tooth decay and other serious oral pathologies. However, there are measures that can be taken to prevent and treat dental erosion.
Read on to meet them!
Measures to prevent and treat dental erosion
As just mentioned, there are measures to prevent and treat dental erosion, and from Gross Dentists we show the main ones below.
How to prevent tooth erosion?
Prevention is key to prevent tooth erosion.
For starters, it is important to control acidity in the diet. Soft drinks, fruit juices, wines and energy drinks contain a high level of acids and can cause tooth enamel to wear over time. For this reason, it is better to avoid them or consume them sparingly.
Brushing your teeth after each meal with fluoride toothpaste is also essential. It is also advisable to floss to prevent bacterial plaque build-up.
Another factor that may contribute to dental erosion is gastroesophageal reflux, which occurs when stomach acids return to the esophagus and mouth. To prevent this dental problem related to this pathology, it is advisable to take a number of measures. Some of them are: Avoid foods that trigger these symptoms, take fewer and more frequent meals, and raise the head of the bed during the night. If you suspect gastroesophageal reflux, it is important to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Bruxism or tooth grinding is also a factor in tooth erosion. It is an involuntary habit of clenching and grinding teeth, which can cause serious wear on the teeth. To treat it, you need to find the underlying cause and take steps to reduce the stress and anxiety that triggers it. At this point we must consider dental protection devices.
Effective treatments for dental erosion
If dental erosion has already occurred, it is key to seek treatment to avoid complications. Here it should be noted that this will depend on the severity of the problem.
In some cases, a fluoride dental varnish may be applied to help protect the remaining tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity. In more severe cases, it may be necessary to perform a dental restoration with a crown or bridge to rebuild the damaged part or parts.
In addition, a more specific diet and dental care may be recommended. For example, a diet low in acids and high in calcium and other important nutrients for dental health. You may also be advised to use a toothpaste and mouthwashes that contain ingredients that help control wear.
We specialize in preventing and treating dental erosion
In any of our dental clinics in Malaga, we have at your disposal professionals highly qualified in preventing and treating dental erosion. It is important not to overlook this oral problem, as over time it can worsen and lead to greater ills.
So, if you want to learn more about how to prevent and treat tooth erosion, or want to make an appointment at one of Gross Dentists’ clinics, it’s time to contact us.