If you have extremely sensitive teeth or if you notice that your teeth are not as shiny and lustrous as they once were, then there is a good chance that you have started to develop some enamel erosion. This type of issue is the precursor to tooth decay, so it should be managed properly. Keep reading to learn about some management tips that can help you to keep your teeth healthy.
Stay Away From Acids
During a typical day, your teeth are exposed to a wide variety of acids that degrade and weaken the tooth enamel. Some of the acids are produced by bacteria when they feed on sugars in the mouth. Other acids are ones we consume and these include the phosphoric, carbonic, and citric acid in soda. Also, citrus acids from fruit as well as the acidic content in coffee and tea can erode the dental enamel. It is best to either eliminate or reduce the acids you consume. If you do eat or drink an acidic substance, then rinse your mouth out with water afterwards to keep the enamel exposure to a minimum.
To combat the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth, make sure that you are producing more than enough saliva. The saliva is a natural combatant that eliminates the acid and keeps it from degrading the teeth. Basically, the fluids in your mouth neutralize the acids so they have little affect on the teeth. If you want the neutralizing affects to help your teeth, then keep the saliva flowing during the day by chewing on sugar free gum.
Some enamel erosion can be reversed. This reversal occurs during a process called remineralization. Remineralization is where minerals, like calcium and phosphorous, are supplied to the enamel to replace minerals that were lost by acid degradation.
The teeth use fluoride during the remineralization process. Without fluoride, minerals cannot build and bond as strongly together. So, make sure you are supplying your teeth with more than enough fluoride. Fluoride toothpastes, rinses, and even foods with fluoride are a good choice. While most people do get more than enough fluoride from their water, it is best to increase intake through rinses and other sources if your teeth are already eroded.
There are only a few foods that contain fluoride. These include wine and bottled grape juices, some teas, and white potatoes.
Your dentist can also supply you with some fluoride treatments at the dental office, so speak with an oral care professional, like one from Dentiland, about this.