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How patients at Chiswick Park Dental can prevent tooth erosion

Posted by Default Admin on 18 March 2015 | 0 Comments

Erosion occurs across the whole tooth surface and does not involve bacteria or dietary sugars but is the result of the direct action of acids on tooth enamel. These acids can come from your diet, gastric acid or from the environment.

Who is at risk of tooth erosion?

Anyone at any age can be at risk of tooth erosion, not just the children. People who drink large amounts of fizzy drinks and fruit juices are at an increased risk because these drinks contain lots of acid that can dissolve tooth enamel. The ways in which drinks are consumed can also make a difference as keeping drinks in your mouth for a long time or swishing it around the teeth can increase the erosion.

How do I reduce the risk of tooth erosion?

You can reduce the risk of tooth erosion by:

  • Drinking milk and water instead of sugary or fizzy drinks.
  • Wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth after drinking a sugary or fizzy drink as the enamel is softer after drinking.
  • Make sure that you brush your teeth before going to bed each night and on at least one other occasion using a small-headed brush with medium to soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Chew a sugar-free gum after eating. This will help produce more saliva to help cancel out the acids which form in your mouth after eating.

What are the symptoms of tooth erosion?

Erosion usually shows when your teeth are wearing away on the tooth surface and biting edges. This can expose the dentine underneath, which is a darker, yellow colour than the enamel. Because the dentine is sensitive, your teeth can also be more sensitive to heat and cold or acidic foods and drinks.

How can Chiswick Park Dental help you treat tooth erosion?

At Chiswick Park Dental, we can help establish the cause of the tooth erosion by asking you questions about your health and diet. Depending on the patient, sometimes we recommend mouth rinses to help with sensitivity or even  desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne may be advised. We will discuss different treatment options for each individual.

If you would like any advice on how to prevent and treat tooth erosion call the Chiswick Park Dental team on 020 8987 9977.

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