Am I Susceptible to Dental Erosion?

Dental Erosion Can Be a Problem Say VCU Dental Experts

People are often afraid of losing their teeth or even of experiencing tooth changes, and even unsightly staining. There is no question that this can happen at any age. Unfortunately, it can happen at a younger age to certain people more than others.

According to VCU dental experts, when you start to lose the enamel from your teeth or when you teeth seem to suddenly start changing in size or color. You may be experiencing dental erosion. There are many factors that influence this erosion including genetics, bad oral habits like teeth clenching, or it can even be caused by certain foods that you eat. Let’s take a look dental erosion and the factors that could make you susceptible to this condition.


What Is Dental Erosion?

The experts at VCU tell us that dental erosion is a type of tooth wear, it is defined as the loss of tooth structure due to a chemical solution called acid. Acid can be found in fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes, they can also be found in corn, blackberries, bacon, fish, peanuts, and turkey as well. Although there are many more acidic foods out there.

Limit the Quantities of  Acidic Foods You Eat.

VCU dental experts suggest that if your dentist tells you that you are prone to dental erosion. You should limit certain acidic foods.Foods you should avoid include high-fat meals and fried foods. You also want to avoid nutrient low foods like you find in junk food or highly fried foods. 

In certain cases, you could experience higher acidity problems because you lie down or sit  in an inclined position after eating. lying down after eating. This may cause acid reflux which can increase the damage caused by dental erosion. You also want to limit acidic foods. This doesn’t mean you can not eat an orange or drink water with lemon. but it does mean that you need to eat less of them. Or at the very least, brush your teeth after eating highly acidic foods.


How to Avoid Dental Erosion.

VCU dental experts gave us these  few things you can do to minimize or eliminate dental erosion. 

  1. Eat acidic foods at meals and avoid snacking. and you want to avoid the constant eating or having constant snacks in your daily routine. if you do eat acidic foods, save them  for meal times.  This keeps the acids from doing as much damage because these acids have less direct contact with your teeth. The other foods help neutralize the acidic content.
  2. Wash acidic foods out.  You can rinse after you eat that acidic food or drink water afterward. This will wash the acids out of your mouth.
  3. Find a straw. If you drink or eat high acidic foods or beverages, you can minimize the contact of acids your teeth when you sip through a straw and avoid sipping the beverage all day. 
  4. Say no to soda. Limit or reduce the number of carbonated drinks you can add alternatives to your diet like water, milk or tea instead, say the experts at VCU dental.
  5. Wait before you brush. Acidic foods tend to soften tooth enamel, so you want to brush your teeth immediately after you eat or drink foods that are highly acidic. Even then, you want to wait about 20 minutes before you start brushing, as brushing before this time just moves the acids around and makes the situation worse. Note, you can still rinse your mouth out with water directly after eating or drinking these foods and beverages. 


The Signs of Tooth Erosion

Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. You need to know of the condition and understand how to identify the early signs. You will first notice your teeth become sensitive and even slightly discolored. This can be an indication of erosion and you should talk to your dentist about it before more severe damage occurs, such as cracks, pain, and decay.

  • Sensitivity. As your teeth’s protective enamel wears thinner, you will start feeling small sharp pains, especially when you consume hot, cold or sweet foods or beverages. The more the tooth enamel wears thin, the more sensitive your teeth will become.
  • Discoloration. Teeth may also start to yellow. This is because they underlying dentin is becoming exposed. 
  • Rounded teeth. Your teeth will start to feel gritty because they are wearing thinner. 
  • Teeth are more Translucent. Your front teeth will suddenly seem a bit translucent near the edges.
  • Cracks. When the enamel wears thin you may start to see small cracks and spots appear.
  • Cupping. These are small dents that turn up on the flat surface of the tooth that you chew with. 

The experts at VCU Dental tell us that having dental erosion problems is a growing issue among our population. Hopefully, by learning more about the way foods affect your teeth, you can minimize tooth erosion and protect your natural teeth.

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