What is acid erosion, you begin to wonder? What does it have to do with your smile and is it really something you need to worry about? First and foremost, it is something that can affect anyone and it is quite a problem. You see, when acidic substances come into contact with your teeth (or when the environment in your mouth becomes acidic), your enamel is vulnerable to damage. The minerals that makeup this strong outer layer of your teeth begin to wear away, leading to complications like sensitivity, decay, and more. Consider a few common culprits to avoid!
#1: Acidic, Sugary Drinks
Unless you’re only drinking water and a bit of milk on a daily basis, you’re probably consuming drinks that are acidic, sugary, or both. Unfortunately, these two factors independent of one another and together will cause acid erosion. Some examples of what you will want to avoid include: Sugary sodas, diet sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, coffee, and tea. (Or, remember to rinse after you drink them).
Sufferers of GERD know firsthand that acids can make an appearance in one’s mouth as a result of the disease. As you may have guessed, this can indeed contribute to acid erosion. Control the problem itself and swish with water (and drink more water) to help combat the issue.
#3: Dry Mouth
Another commonly overlooked culprit is dry mouth. The problem is simple. Your oral environment becomes too dry as the result of a lack of saliva flow (the flow helps to neutralize the oral environment). The absence drops your pH, thereby leading to problems like acid erosion. Come see us for assistance.
Avoid Acid Erosion For A Healthy Smile
Find out what’s causing your acid erosion, so you can prevent further damage and achieve a restored grin. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.