SIMPLE WAYS TO SAVE YOUR TEETH FROM ERROSIO
Enamel is the outer surface of the teeth that protects inner dentine and pulp of the teeth. Enamel is toughest tissue on human body, however it is composed of non living tissues and therefore does not get replaced when it is eroded or it chips off. Therefore loss of enamel is a permanent though gradual process that can be stopped.
Causes of erosion
Enamel gets eroded by a number of activities that occur in the mouth. The first cause of erosion is the acid that is produced by plaque bacteria. Plaque bacteria in the mouth use the food substance in our mouth to feed and to create an acidic environment suitable for it but dangerous for our teeth. Another source of acid that erode the teeth enamel are the soft and sports drinks we enjoy. The food we eat is also a source of acid that corrode your teeth, especially if you chew for a very short time and eat so fast that saliva is not produced in enough quantities to neutralize the acid
Prevention of erosion
Saliva prevents mineral loss from the teeth and also forms a thin layer and also reduces erosion because it is alkaline. So you are advised to consume fruits that help the mouth to produce more saliva. Plan your meals and snacks to take enough time s that chewing facilitate production of saliva. Feeding in small bits over a long time is dangerous for your teeth because it is hard to keep up the hygiene. This type of feeding does not allow for enough chewing to activate the salivary glands.
Reduce the consumption of soft, energy and sports drinks. When you drink them make it quick and rinse your mouth immediately after. If your need for sports drink is higher, consider using sugar dissolved in water for energy.
Consider using fluoridated water over bottled water. Fluorine in the water will make your teeth stronger and healthier. By doing that, your teeth will be able to stand wear and tear and will also reduce the attack of acid from plaque bacteria.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and rinse your mouth also at least 3 times a day with an antibacterial mouth rinse to reduce plaque bacteria which takes the greatest toll on your teeth. Report sensitivity of your teeth and pain to your dentist.
Avoid waiting for symptoms to start, consider it a healthy habit and visit your dentist.
If your teeth are already eroded, visit a dentist to put teeth crown for you. This will protect your teeth from further erosion a protecting the delicate parts of your teeth.
Sometimes the erosion may result into cavities, report early so that they can be filled and also get treated.