Did you know 91% of U.S. adults have had cavities in their permanent teeth? Unfortunately, this statistic shouldn’t be surprising considering the average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar in one year. Coupled with a declining emphasis on good oral habits, tooth erosion is at an all-time high. Fortunately, it is both preventable and treatable. Your dentist in South Burlington shares four common causes, prevention tactics, and treatment options.
The levels of acid and alkaline need to be properly balanced for your mouth to remain healthy. Naturally, your body maintains this balance through your saliva, which is an alkaline. However, when you consume beverages that are high in acid, like wine and energy drinks, then the saliva cannot keep up with the erosion. This causes damage to the enamel on your teeth, leading to tooth decay and cavities. Therefore, it is important to not use these beverages as an everyday treat. If the stains and discoloration have already made their mark, then your dentist may recommend using a dental crown to prevent the tooth from undergoing further decay.
The acid in your stomach plays a crucial role in the digestion process. However, when the enamel is exposed to such a strong acid, it can wreak havoc on your teeth. Therefore, those with digestive conditions, like acid reflux, need to take extensive measures to protect their teeth. Depending on the severity of your condition, your dentist may suggest using an antacid that neutralizes the acid in your stomach. If the problem persists, then your dentist may suggest bonding or veneers to restore the brightness of your smile.
Beta-blockers, which can be used to treat conditions like high blood pressure, are extremely effective. However, one common side effect of these medications is dry mouth, which puts patients at a higher risk of developing tooth decay. Therefore, it is extremely important to speak with your doctor in depth about the side effects and additional measures you can put in place to prevent erosion. From there, they may recommend chewing sugar-free gum or consistently sipping on water throughout the day to encourage saliva production.
The foods you consume play a crucial role in the strength of your teeth. Therefore, it is important to view your diet as a vital component of your oral care routine. A great place to start is by incorporating vitamin-rich foods that provide your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to be healthy from the inside-out. Below are four dentist-recommended foods that will help your teeth remain in pristine condition:
- Leafy greens (i.e., spinach, kale, etc.).
- Crunchy vegetables (i.e., carrots, celery, etc.).
- Dairy products (i.e., cheese, yogurt, etc.).
- Fresh fruit (i.e., strawberries, apples, etc.).
If left untreated, tooth erosion can lead to painful dental damage. Fortunately, you can protect your teeth by avoiding the common causes and implementing proper prevention tactics. Then you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come!
About the Practice
Led by the dynamic duo of Dr. Tyler Aten and Dr. Nusi Brown, the team at Green Mountain Dental is united by their mission to provide their patients with big practice care and a small, family practice feel. Backed by their extensive training and experience, Green Mountain Dental has a complete array of services. So, whether you need a gentle cleaning or tooth-replacement solution, each member of the staff is ready to help! If you would like to speak with the team at Green Mountain Dental about treatment options for tooth erosion, don’t hesitate to visit their website or give them a call at 802-863-3950.