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Although your tooth enamel is a very strong substance, it is often no match for the acidity created by or contained within foods and drinks. Destructive acids that exist in snacks, as well as those transformed from sugars, can eat through tooth enamel and form holes known as cavities. The progression of enamel wearing down over time is called dental erosion, which will require preventative treatments before or as soon as it begins to occur.

The excitement of a better smile awaits with dental erosion treatments. The key to understanding dental erosion includes the following:

– To upgrade your oral health, use products that can increase your saliva production after meals, including sugarless chewing gum.

– Make sure to eat healthy snacks and never eat or drink products with an extremely low pH level. If you must eat acidic foods, try to eat them as part of a larger meal to neutralize the effects of the acid.

– Stick to ensuring that saliva is readily being produced in your mouth to avoid the effects of dry mouth.

-To guard your teeth against erosion after eating, do not immediately use a brush and toothpaste, as this could cause abrasion damage due to heightened tooth sensitivity. As a replacement for brushing, try using a supplemental dental cleaning tool such as mouthwash or chewing gum.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Designer Smiles Dentistry to see if you are a candidate for dental erosion treatments, please call Dr. Wayne W. Hsieh and the rest of our team at our dentist office in Garden City, New York at 516-280-4020. A happy smile is a healthy smile!