Two common dental problems among our Dallas cosmetic dentistry patients are tooth erosion and gum erosion. Tooth erosion is a dangerous condition affecting every age group. Children, teens, adults, and seniors are all at risk for tooth erosion. Gum erosion, or gum recession, is another dangerous condition affecting patients of all ages.
Tooth erosion is a result of high acidic content in the mouth slowly wearing down the enamel of the teeth. Tooth enamel is the outer covering of the tooth, the hardest tissue in the body, and it protects the underlying layers of the teeth. Tooth erosion causes painful and unattractive damage to the teeth. Damage that results from tooth erosion cannot be reversed. Because of this, tooth erosion can be very detrimental to the health and appearance of your teeth. Symptoms of tooth erosion include tooth sensitivity, discoloration, cracks and chips, and teeth that appear dented. Causes of tooth erosion include a diet high in acidic beverages and foods, certain medications, certain medical conditions, and dry mouth. There are many treatments available to Dallas tooth erosion patients, including porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and root canal therapy.
Gum erosion, or gum recession, is the process in which the tissues that surround the teeth wear away, or recede toward the end of the tooth’s root. This process exposes more of the tooth’s surface. The first signs of gum erosion include sensitivity in the teeth and teeth that appear to be longer than normal. There are many causes of gum erosion. Gum erosion may be caused by periodontal disease, aggressive tooth brushing, insufficient dental care, hormonal changes, tobacco use, clenching or grinding the teeth, and a misaligned bite, among other causes. If gum erosion is left untreated, severe damage can occur to the bones and tissues supporting the teeth. This damage can lead to tooth loss. For our patients in Dallas, dental implants may be used in the treatment of tooth loss resulting from gum erosion. Possible treatments for gum erosion include pocket depth reduction and soft tissue grafts.
Prevention of Tooth and Gum Erosion
Tooth erosion and gum erosion can be prevented. Teeth weakened by the effects of tooth erosion are more susceptible to tooth decay, which leads to the formation of dental caries. If left untreated, gum erosion can lead to the loss of one or more teeth. While the damage caused by tooth erosion is irreversible and can be quite severe, it may be possible to prevent tooth erosion by making changes in your diet and maintaining proper oral hygiene. Gum erosion may also be prevented by maintaining proper oral hygiene. Many of our patients in Dallas can prevent tooth erosion and gum erosion by following these simple steps:
- Gently brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled tooth brush and with tooth paste containing fluoride
- Rinse your mouth with water immediately after consuming beverages or foods with a high acidic content
- Wait at least twenty minutes after consuming foods and beverages high in acidic content before brushing your teeth
- Floss at least once a day
- Make dietary changes so that foods and beverages that are high in acidic content are consumed in moderation
- Always undergo routine dental checkups and dental cleanings (for patients with gum erosion, dental cleanings may be recommended every three months)
- Seek medical care for any condition that may contribute to tooth erosion
- Do not use any tobacco products
- Chew sugar-free gum
- Seek treatment for chronic dry mouth
- Do not grind or clench your teeth
Contact Ron Bosher D.D.S. F.A.G.D. Today
To learn more about how to prevent tooth and gum erosion, please contact Dallas cosmetic dentist Ron Bosher today.