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Preventing Tooth Enamel Erosion

Prevent Tooth Enamel Erosion

Led by Drs. Bruce Hutchison, Michael Gorman, Brigid Mooney, and Mallory Grossman, as well as our team of experienced dental professionals, Smiles for Centreville currently serves clients in Centreville, Chantilly, Manassas Park, Manassas, Gainesville, and all other surrounding areas. We have been providing high quality dental care to patients in Centreville, VA for more than 30 years, and are inviting patients in Centreville to come experience our expert dental care. 

Did you know that acidic foods and beverages can wear away your enamel? Enamel is a calcium phosphate mineral and with contact with acid. Erosion usually shows up as hollows in the teeth and a general wearing away of the tooth surface and biting edges. When the enamel is worn away, the dentine underneath is exposed. This may lead to pain and sensitivity. Limiting your exposure to sodas, acidic fruit juices and carbonated beverages can help prevent tooth enamel erosion. If you are going to drink an acidic beverage, consider using a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth.

Oral health is very important to your overall health and as an adult, you won’t get second chances when it comes to your tooth enamel. Losing your tooth enamel can lead to many problems. As your nerve ends become exposed, pain can set in. Although tooth enamel cannot be rebuilt, you can prevent enamel loss with a good oral care routine. We want to help you maintain your healthy smile by maintaining strong enamel.

“Abrasive toothpaste is only one of the causes of enamel erosion, but it is one of the most preventable. The ADA developed a scale called Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) to assess toothpaste abrasiveness against a standard measurement. The higher the RDA score, the more abrasive the toothpaste is.”

-Source Colgate.com

Not all toothpastes are created equal, there are a lot of options and depending on your specific dental care situation, some products may be more helpful than others. So we can not give blanket answers that apply to all situations. However, one contributor to tooth enamel is erosion is abrasive toothpaste.

The next time you come in, we can help you craft an at-home dental care regimen that can help you prevent tooth enamel erosion.

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If you or someone you know in Centreville, VA and its surrounding areas needs a simple clean or a complex dental treatment, the dental team at Smiles for Centreville is able to meet your needs. We are eager for you to visit our website, contact us, or visit us in our office to learn more about the expert oral care services we are able to provide you. We look forward to helping you maintain your dental hygiene and improve your smile for a lifetime. Book an appointment with us now for you and your family, and experience the high quality dentistry Smiles for Centreville can provide.