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Are you aware of the effects of dental erosion on your smile? Dental erosion occurs when your tooth enamel is slowly worn away due to harmful acids. Because your tooth enamel is a thin layer atop your teeth and is designed to protect a tooth, if it is slowly worn down, it can leave your teeth vulnerable to further damage and eventual tooth loss.

To help combat tooth loss associated with dental erosion and decay, it is important to make sure that you are aware of various treatments that can be used to help protect your smile. Always make sure that you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to help remove any plaque buildup in your mouth or any other debris and food particles that can contribute to dental erosion. Furthermore, various substances in your diet including those that are high in sugar can leave you at an increased risk for dental erosion, so exercise caution with your diet.

It is important to make sure that your mouth is producing enough to help keep your teeth and gums safe. Saliva works as a protective barrier to help wash away harmful acids and neutralize acids in your mouth. Be aware that medications and other products may lead to dry mouth, which occurs when there is a lack of saliva in your mouth. Other common risks for dental erosion include genetic predispositions and acid reflux disease.

If you require help treating dental erosion, you are welcome to book an appointment with The Bartlett Dental Station by calling 630-837-2779. Dr. Mark Prosniewski and our team at our dental office in Bartlett, Illinois, look forward to having you as our guest soon.