There are causes of acid erosion that you are probably already quite familiar with. As you know, this type of eroding of your enamel (outer layer of your teeth) is what happens when acids eat away at the tissue, leading to a loss of tissue and damaged teeth. Of course, you want to prevent this issue because it leaves teeth vulnerable to all types of problems. While you may be accustomed to hearing that you should avoid drinking sodas, that juices can cause it, that eating sugar makes your mouth more acidic, and that coffee and tea are culprits, you may be overlooking a couple important factors.
What is this? Perhaps you have been hearing about it on commercials for medicine that will help make your heartburn go away. GERD is simply short for gastroesophageal reflux disease. In short, it’s acid reflux. The acids that help break down foods in your stomach don’t stay where they are supposed to. Instead, they back up into your esophagus (the part of your digestive system that reaches from your throat down to your stomach). Some acids can back up significantly, splashing into your mouth, where they cause acid erosion. Treat the problem and protect your smile to avoid damage.
#2: Morning Sickness
Unfortunately, the great joy of being pregnant can also bring with it some frustrating side effects. If you’re one of many individuals who deals with morning sickness during pregnancy, you know all too well that bouts of vomiting can leave your mouth in an uncomfortable state. While you will need to figure out what works best for you to limit your nausea, you can take some steps to protect yourself from acid erosion: Rinse your mouth with water after a bout of morning sickness. Don’t brush right away. Wait at least 30 minutes and then go ahead with your brushing.
Avoid Acid Erosion With Simple Advice
When you’re unsure about how to protect your smile, an appointment with our practice will give you the help you need to protect your teeth and gums. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.