What Is Dental Erosion?
- Posted on: Nov 15 2019
Patients in the area of Golden, CO who have been told they have “dental erosion” are often unsure as to what erosion is. Drs. Nancy Gill and Dallas Kenson provide patients with an education when diagnosed with a condition, and can provide effective treatment options.
What is dental erosion?
Dental erosion is best described as the loss or wearing of hard dental tissues. This is caused by acids, not bacteria, and can contribute to damage of the natural tooth structure. Dental erosion may be caused by a number of different factors, including intrinsic and extrinsic concerns such as diet or acid reflux. The loss of hard dental tissue is irreversible, and experiences different kinds of damage when compared to cavities. Dental erosion is not reversible.
Prevention and management of dental erosion
Patients who have developed dental erosion cannot reverse the problem. Because this condition is irreversible, dentists often focus on intervention and prevention. This may include changes to one’s lifestyle or diet. Once the dentist has been able to pinpoint the primary factor involved in erosion, he or she can then provide recommendations to keep the problem from becoming worse. Additionally, patients may want to ask about improving their intake of dairy products which are high in calcium as this can help strengthen the teeth and bones and protect them from continued erosion. A dentist may also apply a fluoride treatment to the teeth to provide an extra layer of protection from erosion and even decay. These preventative methods can protect dental enamel and reduce the risk of further problems.
Who is at risk for dental erosion?
Any patient can be at risk for dental erosion, but patients with the following condition may be at a higher risk of developing problems:
- Acid reflux
- Sugars beverage consumption
Drs. Nancy Gill and Dallas Kenson provide comprehensive dental solutions for new and existing patients
Golden, CO area patients seeking assistance from a dedicated team of professionals are welcome to speak to our practice about oral health care and dental treatments. The practice can be reached by calling (303) 277-9600 and is located at 1218 Arapahoe Street.
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