Everyone knows the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth on a daily basis, but few people think about protecting their teeth’s enamel from dental erosion caused by exposure to harmful acids. Here’s what you need to know about recognizing and preventing dental erosion before it wreaks havoc on your mouth.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Enamel Erosion
Enamel is the protective covering that encapsulates your teeth. Although it’s strong and hard, it can easily be worn away by acids over time. Once it’s gone, it doesn’t return and your teeth are susceptible to damage and decay. Fortunately, enamel doesn’t erode away overnight. If erosion is taking place on your teeth, your mouth will give you some warning signs. Be on the lookout for these noticeable symptoms:
- Red, swollen, or inflamed gums
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods
- Unusually round teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Teeth that appear to be sandblasted, whitewashed, or translucent
Preventing Enamel Erosion
The best way to keep your enamel intact and strong is to protect it from erosion before it begins. Some effective ways to do so include:
- Limiting the acidic foods you consume
- Pairing the acidic food you eat with a meal to lessen its effect on your enamel
- Replacing acidic drinks, such as soda, with water
- Waiting half an hour after you eat before brushing your teeth
If you think you may be exhibiting early signs of gum disease, such as sensitivity, don’t wait to visit us at Quarry Park Dental. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you will be able to stop the progression and harmful effects of the erosion. For more tips on caring for your smile or to schedule your next appointment with our experienced dental team, give us a call or stop by our convenient office location in North East Calgary today!